The Senate has made it clear that soon, it would begin its annual vacation whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari submits for consideration, the list of ministers to form Federal Executive Council.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, who spoke to news men today, July 9 in Abuja said that it is not the duty of the Senate to determine when the ministerial list would be submitted to it.
“It is the prerogative of the president to send his ministerial nominee list to the Senate and when he does that we will consider it.
“The executive is aware of the timetable of the Senate. There is a particular time the Senate will go on recess. That being in mind they should be mindful of when they will carry out this constitutional responsibility.
“That is our constitutional mandate but it is not within our power to even advise or anything, so we will wait until the list is submitted. I will not say anything more than that.
“I don’t think this matter should worry any Nigerian. We are supposed to receive the letter with the list of ministerial nominee transmitted to the Senate.
“If a thing is not my job why should it worry me. When the list comes to us, Nigerians will look at the time the list arrives here and the time the list is approved.
“Let me tell you one thing, the executive are aware and most Nigerians are aware of the timetable of the Senate.
“There is a particular time of the year when the Senate will go on recess that being in mind, they should be mindful of when to carry out this constitutional responsibility because the Senate itself has its own timetable.
“Like the judiciary is right now on recess, a lot of judges have travelled out except those handling election matters.
“So in the same way, there will be a time, very soon when the Senate will go in recess.
“I think the Executive are mindful of this to know the timetable of the Senate and it is left to them to adjust to that timetable or not.
“When the matter comes before us, we will look at it and carry out our constitutional responsibility.”