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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Senate Suspends Confirmation Of Nominees Over Osinbajo’s Comment On Ibrahim Magu’s Rejection

The senate on Tuesday came to a conclusion to suspend further consideration of all nominees sent to it by the presidency for confirmation over a comment made by
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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo over their rejection of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EfCC), Ibrahim Magu.

Last April, Osinbajo while reacting to the Senate rejection of Magu told a select group of journalists at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa that the President Muhammad Buhari does not need the Senate approval to appoint Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chairman.

“It is up to the senate to make their judgement, and it is up to us say what we want to do. If our candidate is rejected, we can re-present him. No law says we can’t re-present him. And again, there is the other argument, whether or not we need to present him for confirmation and that’s a compelling argument from Femi Falana,” the acting President had said.

“His argument is that under the constitution, section 171, and if you look at that section, it talks about the appointments that the president can make. They include appointments of ministers, ambassadors and heads of agencies such as the EFCC.

In that same section 171, the constitution rightly said that certain appointments must go to the senate such as ministerial and ambassadorial appointments. Those of heads of agencies like the EFCC do not have to go to the senate. That’s what the constitution says. But the EFCC act, which of course as you know is inferior, says that EFCC chairman should go to the senate for confirmation,” he said.

However during plenary today, following a motion by Senator Ahmed Yerima, representing Zamfara West, they resolved to suspend confirmation of officials appointed by the Presidency, the Cable reports.

Yerima said he wondered why Osinbajo would send a nominee to the senate after he reportedly said that the upper legislative chamber did not have the power of confirmation.

The Senate insist that the executive should learn to respect the decision of the senate on rejected nominees.

The senators also threatened to take action against the leadership of the senate if it does not act against the executive in 48 hours.

Osinbajo had sent a letter to the senate asking it to confirm Lanre Gbajabiamila as the director-general of Nigeria Lottery Commission.

While condemning Osinbajo for the comment, the lawmakers said confirmation of appointees by the executives should be placed on hold until the presidency recognizes the power of the legislature.

They also asked all lawmakers invited by the EFCC to ignore such invitation, the Punch reports.

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