28 June 2011
As political intrigues continued to overshadow the submission of Ministerial list to the Senate, a key figure in the Senate has cried out that lawmakers at the upper chamber are being offered bribes to reject some of Jonathan’s candidates. Senator Smart Adeyemi, a second term senator and vice-chairman of the Northern Senators Forum, NSF, disclosed to journalists that offers were made to Senators to influence them one way or the other on the issue.
Political opponents and multi-nationals and their agents were offering “millions of Naira” to lawmakers at the upper chamber to reject some of the President’s nominees, Adeyemi said.
Senator Adeyemi confirmed that pressure was coming from lobbyists to reject some of the nominees, notably some in the past cabinet who were injurious to their interests in the last dispensation.
Elombah.com learnt that specially reported to be of interests to the lobbyist’s is former petroleum minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke.
Mrs Alison-Madueke has been a victim of series of damaging corruption allegations from a section of the
media ever since it emerged that she might be returning to her former job in President Jonathan’s new cabinet. Nigeria
Latest in the expose is that she failed to sign up for the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme after her graduation from the university.
Her traducers also allege that as minister for petroleum resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke trampled on due process in awarding crude lifting contracts and arbitrary awarded oil lifting contracts to obscure companies.
According to Sinator Adeyemi, “we have been under intense pressure by lobbyists and political hired mercenaries to stop some nominees from being cleared or to disqualify some nominees by asking questions to embarrass them and stop them.