On Monday, Festus Keyamo, SAN, the former Minister of State for Labor and Employment and a ministerial nominee, apologized to the Senate for what was seen as his disrespect for the ninth Assembly.
He continued by saying that he had apologized to the head of the Senate committee on labor, employment, and productivity during the ninth senate term, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, as well as to his House of Representatives equivalent.
I apologize to the Senate,” Keyamo declared. I apologize, apologize, and apologize some more.
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After President Bola Tinubu’s last-minute nomination of Keyamo as a minister on Friday, the latter appeared before the Senate on Monday.
The motion to halt the screening of the nominee was originally proposed by Darlington Nwokocha (LP, Abia Central).
Nwokocha reminded Keyamo of his previous insults to MPs from both houses of the previous administration, when he served as minister.
He also brought up allegations of corruption against the nominee and how he had rejected a summons from the National Assembly in 2020 on a plan to hire 774,000 Nigerians for a special public works program.
After then, Senator Nwokocha remarked
I propose we delay the nominee’s background check until issue is resolved.
After that, Senate President GodsWill Akpabio had to restore order during a tense session.
Once calm was restored in the Senate’s Red Chamber, members resolved to a closed session.
Punch reports that after the incident, Akpabio went straight to the Villa after the closed-door meeting.
Keyamo, however, apologized to the legislators when the plenary session started three hours later.