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A former Speaker of the Kwara State
House of Assembly, Mr. Yissa Benjamin, has accused the Senate President, Dr.
Bukola Saraki, of being behind the disqualification of his nomination as a
non-executive commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission by the

Speaking during a media briefing in
Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Saturday, Benjamin claimed that some of
Saraki’s loyalists had already told him that since his nomination was not from
Saraki, he would be rejected by the Senate.

Benjamin also stressed that,
despite being a professional nurse, a certified graduate of social policy and
planning, and having been a former Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly
for four years, he was experienced in public service and administration.

He said, “They said that Saraki
would oppose my nomination because he did not nominate me. I was not
disqualified because of experience, but because I am not in line politically
with the Senate President.”

However, Saraki’s Special Adviser
on Media and Communications, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the Senate President
could not singlehandedly take a decision or override the decision of the

Olaniyonu said “No nominee will be
rejected if the majority does not support his rejection. In any case, there was
a reason given for the rejection of this particular nominee.”

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