Senate Votes Against Buhari’s Ambassadorial Nominees, Rejects Buhari’s $30bn Loan Request

‎A majority of senators on Tuesday voted against considering President Muhammadu Buhari’s ambassadorial nominees, but Senate President Bukola Saraki vetoed it. Saraki put to vote the consideration of the nominees twice, but more senators shouted “nay” than “aye.”

At first, when more senators shouted “nay”, Saraki said: “Please colleagues let’s be serious. I will put it to vote again.” He did a second time, the “nays” were louder, but he ruled: “The ayes have it.”

Meanwhile, the Senate has rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s external borrowing plan of $30bn for the execution of projects from 2016 to 2018. The nays had it when the borrowing plan was put to a vote on the floor of the chamber during the plenary on Tuesday.

The borrowing plan was not debated at all.

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