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Abia Senators oppose state’s NDDC nominee

By Emmanuel Aziken

Abuja—Two of the three Senators from Abia State have rejected the nomination of Mr. Alloy Nwagboso as the State’s representative on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Under Senate procedures, at least two of the Senators from the state must to give approval for the nomination of any person representing the state in any position that requires Senate approval.

The two Senators, who have rejected Nwagboso are Senators Enyinninya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South) and Nkechi Nwaogu (PDP, Abia Central). The two Senators in a letter to Senator James Manager, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta, said that their rejection was informed by directives from the state chapter of the PDP.

The duo claimed that the nominee was not a member of the PDP in the state, a claim that was further buttressed in an accompanying letter from the state chapter of the PDP disclaiming the nominee.

The third Senator from the State, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, who represents the Abia North Senatorial district on the platform of the Peoples Progressive Alliance (PPA) could not be reached on the development, as he did not response to calls from Vanguard, yesterday.

The Senators in their letter dated July 8, 2009 said,  “We, the  undersigned Senators representing Abia South and Abia Central senatorial districts, hereby inform you and the distinguished members of the Committee that we reject the nomination of Mr Aloysius Nwagboso as the nominee to represent Abia state on the board of the NDDC. Accordingly, we affirm that the said Aloysius Nwagboso should not be screened by your committee in accordance with our rules and convention.”

Attached to the letter, which was also copied to the President of the Senate, Chief David Mark and his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu were copies of the letter to them by the state chapter of the PDP.


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