Drama as senator defends ministerial nominee, claims he Sat, passed common entrance exam in primary 3

2023-07-31 17:14:00

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FCT, Abuja - Senator representing Adamawa North in the National Assembly, Ishaku Abbo, claimed he sat and passed the National Common Entrance Examination when he was in primary three.

Abbo stated this after Senator Tokunbo Abiru raised a concern about the age of the ministerial nominee from Benue State, Prof. Joseph Utsev finished primary school, The Punch reported.

Utsev was being screened on the floor of the Senate, when the age discrepancy came up on Monday, July 31.

According to Utsev's certificate, he was born in 1980 and finished secondary school in 1989.

Reacting to Abiru's observation, Abbo explained that he had a similar personal experience as sat and passed the common entrance examination when he was in primary three.

"First of all, our nominee from Benue State, you see some people don't understand some basic things. To clear the air on the issue of you finishing primary school at the age of three. Let me tell you a personal story. I sat for the common entrance examination when I was in primary three and I won because I was exceptionally brilliant. I passed, it is all the same; winning and passing is the same.

"So, the question of you entering primary school at the age of three did not arise but when did you finish and at what level did you sit for your common entrance examination. You may be like me - exceptionally brilliant - but we have clear the issue because we are on national television and I don't want people to go home and think that your integrity has been called to question."

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Senate has accused a ministerial nominee from Benue state, Professor Joseph Utsev of age discrepancy.

Utsev was one of the 28 ministerial nominees President Bola Ahmed Tinubu submitted to the senate for screening and confirmation on Thursday, July 31.

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed former Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, as minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Senator representing Rivers Southeast, Mpigi Barinada, said all the lawmakers and people of Rivers are in support of Wike's nomination.

Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, a former Minister of Works under the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed the reason why ex-Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, was included in the ministerial list of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

According to the former minister, Wike's nomination was compensation for his pivotal role in the victory of President Bola Tinubu at the presidential polls.

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