Senators of the Akwa Ibom Caucus have kicked against the nomination of Lamido A. Yuguda from Bauchi State by President Muhammadu Buhari as Director-General of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The lawmakers led by Senator Albert Bassey submitted a petition against the nomination of Yuguda on grounds that the position should have been for an Akwa Ibom indigene, Mary Uduk who occupied the position in acting capacity in the last 2 years.
The lawmakers questioned Buhari’s choice of Yuguda ahead of a more experienced Uduk; and appealed to the Senate to do justice to the people of Akwa Ibom State.
Senator Danjuma Goje representing Gombe Central swiftly raised objections against the petition; arguing that the nomination of Yuguda was not by the Senate but by President.
” Is this petition against Mr. President or what? It is not the Senate that nominated Yuguda but by the powers conferred on the President. Who is going to defend the petition?, Goje asked.
Responding, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan who had earlier referred the petition to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Petition said those who signed the petition will be invited to defend their grouse.
Buhari has been largely criticized for “lopsided appointments that has favoured his ethnic group and the northern part of the country.
Only this week, a former Military Administrator of Old Kaduna State, Colonel Dangiwa Umar in an open letter enjoined Buhari to ensure balance, equity and fairness in his appointments in line with Nigeria’s Federal Character principles.
The Senate read the Executive Communication for the confirmation of Yuguda as Director-General and three others as full time Commissioners.
It was subsequently referred to the Committee on Capital Market.