Saraki rejects Omolori’s appointment as National Assembly Clerk
Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday ordered the immediate reversal of the appointment of an Acting Clerk of the National Assembly which was announced by the National Assembly Service Commission last Wednesday.
In a letter captioned” Withdrawal of Letter of Appointment of Acting Clerk Of National Assembly” and addressed to the chairman of the commission, Adamu Fika, dated April 22, 2016, Saraki stated that the appointment was in breach of due process.
The National Assembly Service Commission had last Wednesday appointed the incumbent clerk of the House of Representatives, Muhammed Sani Omolori, as Acting Clerk of the National Assembly.
Sani Omolori was appointed to replace Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa who is scheduled to proceed on terminal leave on May 14, 2016.
Saraki’s directive for the withdrawal of the letter of appointment, which was contained in an official letter signed by the Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Isah Galaudu, made it clear that Omolori’s appointment was in violation of the procedure for appointing National Assembly Clerks.
The letter reads: “We present to you the compliments of the President of the Senate and chairman of the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki. Please recall that during your last meeting with the President of the Senate on April 20, 2016, the procedure of the appointment of the Acting Clerk of the National Assembly was discussed.
“The Commission was directed to follow due process and ensure that Seniority is adhered to.
“Of course, Mr. Benedict Efeturi, who is Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly (DCNA) and who has previously acted as the Clerk of the National Assembly should be the first to be considered.”
It continued: “Most importantly, you have been directed to confer with the President of the Senate on the outcome of the commission’s meeting before a letter of appointment is issued and regrettably, that did not happen.