By Francis Etuko

THE Senate on Thursday ordered the unconfirmed nominee for the position of Managing Director, National Lottery Commission, Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila not to go anywhere near the National Headquarters of the Commission until his nomination has been ratified by the Senate.

The warning came after the Senate confirmed that the nominee who was recently nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari but is yet to be confirmed by the Senate has since resumed work and was already discharging the responsibilities of that office.

This confirmation came from the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan who after carrying out an investigation reported back to the Senate that the nominee has been sighted in the National headquarters of the Commission and was already discharging Executive functions.

Events leading to the inquiry carried out on behalf of the Senate by the Senate leader followed a point of order raised by Senator Dino Melaye who on Wednesday raised an alarm that the nominee was already in office though without senates screening and subsequent confirmation.

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Dino Melaye told the Senate that the nominee, Lanre Gbajabiamila may have signed critical documents and approved some spending without the necessary nod given to his nomination by the Presidency.

While reporting back to the Senate on Thursday, the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan confirmed Melaye’s allegations and made frantic attempt to offer, Mr Gbajabiamila some sort of soft landing.

Senator Lawan said ‘‘Yesterday the Senate mandated me to investigate a nominee that is yet to get be screened and is yet to receive a letter of appointment from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, yet the nominee has assumed office’’.

‘‘ I confirmed that the nominee actually assumed office, I think he was misadvised to assume office without the stipulated confirmation’’

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‘‘The conclusion is that he erred probably because he did not get the proper briefing, I have advised that the nominee should not be seen within the office of the National Lottery commission. I have also advised that such a thing should not happen again’’

‘‘I have advised the nominee to tarry awhile until due diligence is carried out’’

However, this explanation did not go down well with Senator Thompson Sekibo who came through order 14 and countered the approach adopted by the Senate leader in explaining the outcome of his investigation

Sekibo stressed thus, ‘‘I am no asking for sanction or anything, but my stand is that a matter as complex as this should not come as a Personal Explanation [referring to Order 43 by Senate Leader].

‘‘ When you are bringing a complex matter under personal explanation, it may be misguiding the House’’

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For someone who violated section 5 [1] D should not be brought under Order 43. To Block and Close our mouth is not the best’’