Nigerian National Assembly confirms state governor as VP

08:29, May 19, 2010      

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The Nigerian National Assembly on Tuesday approved northern Kaduna State Governor Namadi Sambo as new vice president of the country after voting.

Both the Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives approved the nomination.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan nominated after the president's meeting with ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state governors last Wednesday in Abuja.

The Senate, in its own plenary session, did not waste time in giving approval to the nomination made by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The session was straight forward and rancor-free.

The House of Representatives also approved the choice of Namadi Sambo as the vice president of Nigeria after a rowdy session that lasted about 15 minutes.

In the House of Representatives, the plenary session began with Speaker Dimeji Bankole reading the citation of Sambo.

The House considered some petitions which did not border on the integrity of the vice president-designate.

The Speaker then called on the House Leader, Tunde Akogun from Edo State, to move a motion for the House to consider the request to approve the nomination of Sambo.

The motion was seconded by Hon. Danlami Hamza of Kano State.

The speaker said after this, each member of the House would vote one after the other on their approval of Sambo.

At this time, a point of order was raised by a member of the House, which the speaker disregarded. He said the point of order would be taken after the vote.

The House became rowdy as members of the House were divided. The House became so noisy that Bankole, who had tried in vain to control his colleagues, watched helplessly as the commotion in the House persisted.

Normalcy, however, returned after about 15 minutes. The House eventually settled for a voice vote after listening to presentations from both the House Leader, Akogun, and the Minority Leader, Alli Ndume, who said that the VP-designate met all the constitutional requirements and as such should be endorsed.

The approval of the National Assembly was in accordance with section 146 (3) of the 1999 Constitution which says that "where the office of the vice president becomes vacant by reason of death or resignation, impeachment, permanent incapacity or removal in accordance with section 143 or 144 of this constitution, by his assumption of the office of president in accordance with subsection 1 or this section, or for any other reason, the president shall nominate and with the approval of each House of the National Assembly, appoint a new vice president."

President Jonathan nominated Sambo after the president's meeting with ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state governors last Wednesday in Abuja.

Various interest groups, including the northern senators' caucus,former governor's forum and serving governors forum, had campaigned for the position, following the death of former President Umaru Yar'Adua on May 6 and the subsequent ascendancy of Jonathan to the position of president.

Born on Aug. 2, 1954, in Zaria, Kaduna State, Sambo started his early education in 1959 in Kaduna before proceeding to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1972 where he qualified as an architect in 1976. Sambo was elected and inaugurated as governor on the platform of the PDP in 2007.



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