Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, former Senator, representing Lagos State, has been dropped in the new list of non-career ambassadorial nominees, sent to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.
The upper chamber had rejected the old list presented two months ago, following the outcry by APC governors and even some senators about their not being consulted before the list was drawn. One of the nominees, Pauline Tallen, a former deputy governor of Plateau State, also rejected her nomination.
Also missing in the new list is Adegboyega Ogunwusi, an elder brother of the Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi.
While states such as Lagos, Kwara, Katsina, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto and Zamfara have two nominees on the list, the others have one nominee each.
Abuja Senator, Phillip Aduda thanked Buhari for nominating an indigene of Abuja this time in the new list, after Senate President, Bukola Saraki read the list. Aduda had attacked the old list because it excluded Abuja.
Dr Eniola Ajayi, a former Commissioner for Education, as well as Environment, under Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and House of Reps Candidate (APC 2015), also made the list. He replaced Mr. Ayodele Ayodele, also from Iyin Ekiti.
Full List of the new nominees as read by Mr. Saraki:
Dr Uzoma Emenike (Abia), Aminu Iyawa (Adamawa), Maj.-Gen. Godwin Umo (retd) (Akwa Ibom), Christopher Okeke (Anambra), Yusuf Tuggar (Bauchi) and Baba Madugu (Bauchi).
Brig.-Gen. Stanley Diriyai (Bayelsa), Prof. Steven Ugba (Benue) and Baba Jidda (Borno), Dr Etubom Asuquo (Cross River), Mr Frank Efeduma (Delta), Jonah Odo (Ebonyi) and Uyagwe Igbe (Edo).
Dr Eniola Ajayi (Ekiti), Maj.-Gen. Chris Eze (Enugu), Suleiman Hassan (Gombe), Justice Sylvanus Nsofor (Imo), Aminu Dalhatu (Jigawa), Ahmed Bamali (Kaduna), Deborah Iliya (Kaduna) and Prof. Dandatti Abdulkadir (Kano).
Mr Haruna Ungogo (Kano), Justice Isa Dodo (Katsina), Mohammadu Barade (Katsina), Prof. Tijjani Bande (Kebbi), Prof. Y. O. Aliu (Kogi) Nurudeen Mohammed (Kwara), Prof. Mohammed Yisa (Kwara), Justice George Oguntade (Lagos) and Modupe Irele (Lagos).
Musa Muhammad (Nasarawa), Ahmed Ibeto (Niger), Suzanne Folarin (Ogun), Jacob Daodu (Ondo), Afolahan Adeyemi (Osun), Maj.-Gen. Ashimiyu Olaniyi (retd) (Oyo), James Dimka (Plateau) and Dr Haruna Abdullahi (Plateau).
Mr Orji Ngofa (Rivers), Sahabi Gada (Sokoto), Kabiru Umar (Sokoto), Hassan Ardo (Taraba), Goni Bura (Yobe), Garba Gajam (Zamfara), Cpt. Bala Mairiga (Zamfara) and Ibrahim Ugbada (FCT)
Buhari, in the executive communication, urged the senate to attend to the list in good time.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Senate, on Nov. 15, 2016, returned to Buhari, the names of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees which he sent to it.
The list was returned due to reactions to the names, by governors including petitions to the Senate.