A former federal legislator, Senator Elisha Abbo, has pointed out a departure from established norms in the procedure following the submission of Supreme Court Justice nominee Justice Chioma Nwosu Iheme by Senate President Senator Godswill Akpabio to the National Assembly.
He argued that the proper protocol should involve passing the submission to the Committee on Judiciary for thorough examination.
However, he highlighted that Senator Godwill Akpabio deviated from this process, stating that the Senate President informed the Senate that Supreme Court nominees were awaiting approval. Senators resisted, insisting that the nominees should undergo screening by the committee.
Senator Akpabio intervened by instructing Senator Monguno to communicate with the nominees outside. After a brief 25-minute conversation, the Senate President abruptly directed the passage of the nominees, labeling this deviation from the customary legislative process as an abuse of the established procedure.
In an interview with Arise TV, he remarked,
“By precedence, what should happen is that after Mr President read to the National Assembly.
The Senate President do give it to the committee chairman and the committee on Judiciary will now sit down together and look at these things.
But in this case, the Senate President did not do that. Sen Akpabio said the Supreme Court nominees are waiting outside and the Senators refused. They said you can’t bring them in here.”