Festus Keyamo, the nominee for the ministerial post from Delta State, has offered a formal apology to the Senate for his previous absence during his tenure as Minister of State for Labour and Productivity in the previous administration before the 9th National Assembly.
Recalling the recent Senate screening session for Festus Keyamo SAN, a noteworthy incident arose on Monday. The proceedings were punctuated by a constitutional point of order raised by Senator Darlington Nwokocha (LP – Abia Central). Nwokocha urged a temporary halt to Keyamo’s screening due to his historical interactions with the National Assembly during his previous ministerial role.
Senator Nwokocha cited instances of alleged disregard for the 9th National Assembly and allegations of corruption against the preceding administration as grounds for his request. Notably, Nwokocha recalled Keyamo’s non-appearance after being summoned to address concerns regarding a Special Public Works program during his previous term.
Following a tumultuous screening session, the Senate convened an executive session to deliberate on the matter at hand. Subsequently, upon resumption, a contrite Festus Keyamo expressed his sincere remorse and issued an apology for his actions.
The Senate then chose to accept the apology, permitting Keyamo to conclude his screening process without further delay. He was granted the privilege of “taking a bow and leaving” following his heartfelt apology.