The Senate, yesterday, confirmed the Spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Campaign Organisation, Mr. Festus Keyamo, as board member of Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).
His confirmation, however, had to enjoy the discretional powers of the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who had to disregard the overwhelming voice of ‘nay’ and pass him for Senate approval when his matter was put to voice vote. When Ekweremadu subjected his nomination to a voice vote, majority of lawmakers shouted ‘nay’ but Ekweremadu ruled on the contrary, thereby confirming his nomination.
Our correspondent learnt that controversies over the originality of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate, delayed his screening by the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, which also delayed that of other nominees of the board.
It was further learnt that the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, and other members, had subjected Keyamo to serious interrogation on the discrepancies in the state where he carried out his national youth service.