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I have no apology for confirming Obanikoro – Mark

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Nigeria’s Senate President, David Mark, has rebuffed criticisms over his decision to apparently orchestrate a Senate confirmation for Musiliu Obanikoro, who was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan for a ministerial post despite being at the centre of an election rigging scandal.

Mr. Obanikoro was named in a leaked tape as a key actor in the rigging of Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.

His nomination as minister came after Mr. Jonathan dismissed the allegation as a fabrication, and refused to order an investigation.

After repeated deferments, the Senate on Wednesday confirmed Mr. Obanikoro’s appointment, brushing aside opposition from many Nigerians and some of its members.

In his first response after the clearance, Mr. Mark said Monday that he followed the rules of the Senate and will not bend them to please Nigerians no matter how “vociferous or violent” their complaints may be.

“The President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, will not trample on the rules to satisfy the yearnings of any interest, no matter how vociferous and violent,” Mr. Mark’s office said in statement Monday.

Mr. Mark said the Senate treated Mr. Obanikoro as an accused who remained innocent without a proof of guilt.   READ MORE HERE

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