Ex-governors in Senate to back Amaechi …. NATION

161212F1.National-Assembly-Senate President  Bukola Saraki and 12 other senators may have resolved to support the confirmation of former Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi as cabinet minister, sources said yesterday.

The three Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators representing Rivers State had raised an objection to Amaechi’s nomination and vowed to stop his confirmation.

Our correspondent gathered that Saraki and  former governors in the Senate have vowed to save one of their own from humiliation.

Besides Saraki, others in the group are Senators Godswill Akpabio, Sam Egwu, Theodore Orji, Joshua Dariye, Danjuma Goje and Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Others are Senators Jonah Jang, George Akume, Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Ahmad Sani, Aliyu Wamakko, Adamu Aliero and Isiaka Adeleke.

Our correspondent further gathered that the senators, who cut across party lines, may have started reaching out to other senators to garner enough support for Amaechi.

It was also revealed that while Saraki will be rallying All Progressives Congress (APC) senators, Akpabio who is the Minority Leader will be reaching out to senators of PDP extraction.

An aide to one of the senators who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity shortly after plenary session on Wednesday, confirmed the senators’ position.

The aide said: “I can confirm to you that all the senators who were governors have decided to rally support for Amaechi to ensure his confirmation. As a matter of fact, they have picked two among themselves as contact persons.

“Their position is that somebody who is qualified enough to be governor should also be good enough to be minister. The ex governors are also of the view that humiliation of one of them is humiliation of all”.