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Ambassadorial Nomination Senator angry over exclusion of Bayelsa indigenes from list

The issue, however was not debated, following the Senate President. Bukola Saraki's point of order.

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A Senator from Bayelsa state, Emmanuel Paulker has protested the exclusion of Bayelsa state indigenes from the Ambassadorial list submitted by President Buhari to the Senate.

The Senator said “Me and two other two colleagues from Bayelsa State in this Senate were inundated with calls from our constituents, since the list was released, drawing our attention to the fact that no nominee from Bayelsa was on that list.

“Initially I thought those calls were misplaced but as we go through the record this morning, the facts that are available to us even at the Foreign Affairs ministry, shows that at least we have two Bayelsans that are in the level of deputy directors.

“I believe that these two personalities can fit in to where these nominees came from. Equally on the list, there are some states that have up to three nominees.”

Adding that the “Non-inclusive of any Bayelsans on the list is a clear violation of our right in the Constitution. My only prayer is that before the committee considers this list, I implore you (the Senate President) and my colleagues to intervene through the committee.

“Infact, communicate to the Presidency of the omission so that justice can be done to the state called Bayelsa.”

Senate President, Bukola Saraki however called Paulker to order, saying the issue will not be debated.

He also said “However, I am happy that the Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu,  is here and am sure they will take note of this observation while they carry out their work on this matter and I am sure also by tomorrow (Tuesday) they would have committed that to the foreign affairs committee to work on that.”

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