The Nigerian Senate has provided an explanation for not thoroughly questioning Nyesom Wike, the former governor of Rivers State, during his appearance for ministerial screening.
Instead, Wike was asked to take a “bow and go” after Senator Barinada Mpigi (PDP, Rivers) appealed on his behalf.
Senate President Godswill Akpabio stated that Wike’s previous records as a former minister were well-known to the Senate, hence the decision to not grill him extensively.
It was noted that Wike had already undergone a screening process before when he was nominated as a minister by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Having been nominated again for a ministerial position, there is no point asking him much questions,” Akpabio said.
The Senate President Godswill Akpabio, attested to Wike’s competence and capacity to deliver in office and subsequently asked him to take a bow.
Recall that Wike had served as Minister of State for Education under Jonathan.
Speaking during his screening, Wike, assured the Senate that President Bola Tinubu won’t regret nominating him to serve as a minister in his cabinet, as he will be a performing minister.
He told the senators that during his time as governor of Rivers State (May 2015 to May 2023), he started and completed many projects and he invited politicians across party lines to commission them.