By Emeka Mamah, Ben Agande, Luka Binniyat & Shaibu Inalegu
ABUJAâ€”AFTER much confusion on whether the Vice Presidential nominee, Governor Namadi Sambo of Kaduna State would appear or not at the House of Representatives for approval, the House, yesterday, confirmed to Vanguard that Sambo has, indeed, been invited to appear before it today.
Also, the Senate will, today, announce when it would commence the process of the approval of the nominee.
Reps inviteÂ VP nominee
Section 146 sub-section 3 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria stipulates that the name of the nominated Vice President be sent to both chambers of the National Assembly for approval.
The constitution is, however, silent on the mode of the approval.
Speaking to Vanguard yesterday evening, the House Committee Chairman on Business and Rules, Rep Ita Enang said: â€œGovernor Sambo will appear, because we have sent him an invitation based on the letter the President wrote to us last week.
â€œWe feel that he should appear because we, as representatives of the people, need to find out how sound he is, since he was not part of the campaign that produced the leadership of the executive.
â€œWe have received his rÃ©sumÃ© and all members have been forwarded copies to study. We would meet early in the morning tomorrow (today) to consider and adopt the procedure of engaging him when he comes.
â€œBut, I want to assure you that the nominee will have almost a smooth sail because we had given President Jonathan Goodluck the promise.
â€œSambo is a sitting governor, so he has passed all the issues of tax clearance, security report and all that. So that will not be areas of concern to us. As a Governor, you should know that he enjoys immunity too. He is also going to enjoy same when he becomes Vice President.â€
When Vanguard reminded him that there was a petition against Sambo with one of the anti-graft bodies, Enang replied: â€œThat has not reached us yet. For all I know, he will appear tomorrow (today) and he will have a smooth sail.â€
Senate to announce date
The Senate will, today, announce a date it will commence the process of the confirmation of the vice presidential nominee, Alhaji Nnamadi Sambo.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Information, Senator Ayogu Eze, who announced the formal receipt for the vice presidential nomineeâ€™s resume, yesterday, did not expatiate on why the Senate would not commence the screening process immediately.
He merely stated: â€œIn accordance with our rules, the letter informing the Senate of the nomination of Nnamdi Sambo, will be read as an official correspondence from Mr. President in plenary on Tuesday, 18 May, 2010. Thereafter a time and date will be set when the Senate shall approve the nomination in accordance with section 146, sub-section 3, of the 1999 Constitution.â€
Vanguard, however, gathered that the time frame was to allow the leadership of the Senate to douse tension about perceived opposition to the nomination of the governor of Kaduna State.
It was gathered that several meetings had been lined up by different caucuses in the Senate to convince those who were opposed to the nomination of Sambo to have a rethink in the interest of peace and stability in the country.
Sambo reacts to criticisms
Meanwhile, the Vice President-designate and Governor of Kaduna State, Mohammed Namadi Sambo, yesterday, reacted to criticisms trailing his nomination by certain individuals, describing them as â€œdetractors.â€
Sambo who spoke while distributing 15 buses to religious organizations in the state, however, urged the people not to listen to such enemies of progress.
He said: â€œWe are calling on you not to listen to detractors. They are detractors, do not pay any attention to them. We have to move this state and this country forward together, let there be peace.â€
In what would appear as his last official assignment as a governor, Sambo, whose screening by the National Assembly comes up tomorrow, said he would give Jonathan all the cooperation needed for him to succeed within the short period of the administration.
While thanking President Goodluck Jonathan for considering him worthy of being his Vice President, Sambo said that he was nominated for the exalted position because of the cooperation he received from people of the state, which allowed him to govern Kaduna State in peace.
Apparently as a mark of solidarity to his deputy, Mr. Patrick Yakowa, who will succeed him as governor, Sambo kept on referring to him as â€œHis Excellency, the governor-designate of Kaduna Stateâ€ through out the duration of the exercise.