Should the Senate President Bukola Saraki not exercise his veto power, the list of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees submitted by President Muhammdu Buhari would have been rejected on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
The fate of the ambassadorial list could have taken another dimension ten minutes after the Senate rejected President Buhari’s plan to borrow $ 29.960 billion for execution of key infrastructural projects across the country between 2016 and 2018.
But for the prompt intervention of the senate president, who overruled it, the rejection did not gain ground.
During plenary, Senate Leader, Ali Ndume had moved a motion that the Senate should consider President Buhari’s request to confirm the nominees where he said that ” the Senate do consider the request of the President Commander in Chief on the confirmation of the nomination of the following persons for appointment as Non- Career Ambassador Designate.”
Saraki then put the issue of the nominees before his colleagues twice in a voice vote, but more senators shouted “nay” than “aye.”
Saraki, who paused for about ten seconds, apparently shocked at what happened, then overruled the Senators, saying that the Ayes have it and approved the consideration of the list of non-career ambassadorial nominees.