President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to the Senate to enable him appoint 15 Special Advisers who will assist him in carrying out his presidential duties has been granted assent in a unanimous voice vote on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.
Although senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, nominated to have the request debated by the house, however, Senate President, David Mark, overruled and said that the debate was unnecessary. Senator Mark thereafter called for a voice vote so as to approve or reject the request which got an overwhelming support with a resoundingly loud chorus of “ayes.”
The President had made the request through a letter addressed to Senator David Mark on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 and cited Section 151 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (as amended 2011) as the basis for his request.
Although the list of the names of the potential special advisers were unattached, the letter craved the indulgence of the lawmakers to quickly consider the request.
The President had written; “I write to request for your kind consideration and approval of the distinguished members of the Senate of the Federal Republic to appoint 15 special advisers as prescribed in Section 151(2-3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“While trusting that this exercise will receive the traditional prompt attention of the Senate, please accept, Mr. President, the assurance of my highest consideration.”