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Akunyili in clash with Pro-Yar Adua senators.

Last Updated: 3/29/2010 10:27:38 PM

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The screening of Dora Akunyili nominated as minister in the new cabinet by Nigeria's acting President Goodluck Jonathan has proved explosive. Akunyili was involved in a verbal battle with supporters of ailing President Umaru Yar Adua who accused the former Informat....

Akunyili faces tough Senate questioning
Akunyili faces tough Senate questioning

There was uproar at the Senate today when Prof. Dora Akunyili was placed on the spot light as the Senate commenced screening of ministerial nominees in Abuja.

Hardly had Akunyili finished reeling her intimidating biodata and performance in her previous portfolios when Senator Kanti Bello from Katsina State fired the first salvo accusing the former Minister of Information of betrayal of the first family by her actions with her memo presented at the Executive Council meeting calling for the ceding of presidential powers to Acting President Goodluck Jonathan.

This caused a stir as the hallowed chambers erupted with cacophony of reactions from Senators and at the gallery of the chambers.

Senate President David Mark had a herculean task in his bid to keep the sitting under control as Senator Kanti Bello almost walked out of the chambers in annoyance.

However, after a failed attempt to prolong the Senate sitting beyond 6pm, the Senators adjourned to 10am tomorrow but not before Akunyili had responded to the question raised by Senator Kanti Bello on her role in the last political imbroglio that brought in Acting President Goodluck Jonathan.

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