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Former Senator Shehu Sani Criticizes Minister of Works, David Umahi

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Former Senator Shehu Sani Criticizes Minister of Works, David Umahi
Former Senator Shehu Sani has criticized the Minister of Works, David Umahi, alleging that Umahi is holding both a senatorial seat and a ministerial position simultaneously. Sani's comment sparked a debate among Nigerians on the legality and ethics of such a situation. Sani also shared his views on the need for effective opposition in Nigerian politics and the influence of former governors in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's cabinet.

Former Senator Shehu Sani has taken to his social media platform to criticize the Minister of Works, David Umahi. Sani alleged that Umahi is serving as both a senator and a minister, suggesting that the former governor of Ebonyi state has locked both seats with his right and left hands.

Expressing his opinion on the matter, Sani tweeted, "Brother Umahi is holding the Senate seat with his right hand and the Ministerial seat with the left hand; just in case of the change of weather."

This statement has ignited a debate among Nigerians, who have expressed their concerns over the legality and ethical implications of such a situation. Many social media users have questioned whether it is permissible for a serving senator to hold a ministerial position simultaneously.

While some critics argue that this dual role may be legally permitted, others view it as an abuse of power and a contravention of the principles of separation of powers.

This incident has brought to light the need for clear guidelines and constitutional provisions regarding the roles and responsibilities of elected representatives and appointed ministers in Nigeria.

In a related matter, Senator Sani also shared his thoughts on the state of opposition in Nigerian politics. He stated that for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to effectively play its role as an opposition party, the Governor of the Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, should consider defecting to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to Sani, Wike's defection would allow him to serve the ruling party while also enabling the PDP to play an active and constructive role as the opposition party in Nigerian politics. He implied that Wike's presence within the APC would create a balanced power dynamic and prevent distractions from both the ruling party and the opposition.

Moreover, Senator Sani raised concerns about former governors holding influential positions within President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's cabinet. He referred to them as potential liabilities and suggested that their presence might influence decision-making processes to the detriment of effective governance.

Former governors such as Nyesom Wike, David Umahi, Adegboyega Oyetola, Bello Matawalle, and others have been appointed to key ministerial positions under President Tinubu.

These remarks from Senator Sani have sparked discussions on the influence of former governors on national politics and the need for a transparent and merit-based selection process for ministerial positions to ensure effective governance and accountability.

The controversies surrounding Umahi's dual roles and Sani's perspectives on opposition politics and former governors' influence highlight the complexities of Nigerian politics and the necessity for continuous dialogue and reforms within the system.

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