Senate at odds with presidency over Acting President’s comment

The Senate has been at odds with the presidency over appointments after it rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu.

Prof Yemi Osinbajo  (Daily Mail Nigeria)

Members of the Senate have called for a halt to considering or confirming any federal appointments sent to the House by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a report by Punch, this is in reaction to comments made by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo regarding a request to confirm the nomination of Lanre Gbajabiamila as Chairman of the National Lottery Commission.

The letter of request had reportedly stated that executive appointments did not require legislative approval based on Section 171 of the Nigerian constitution.

Lawmakers reacted to the letter, read by Senate President Bukola Saraki at the plenary, by protesting that all confirmation requests from the executive arm be suspended until the powers of the legislative arm are recognised.

The lawmakers requested that the Senate leadership make a decision about this in 48 hours.

According to a series of tweets on the Senate’s official twitter handle (@NGRSenate), “The Senate should suspend all issues relating to the confirmation of nominees from the executive on issue of confirmation as contained in constitution until the laws of the Federation is adhered to.

“Acting President must respect the constitution and laws enacted by the National Assembly as relating to the confirmation of nominees.

“The Ag.President should respect the rejection of nominees by the Senate.”

The list of prayers was read by Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West – APC), before Senator Marafa Kabir (Zamfara Central – APC) added, “Ag.President must withdraw his statement saying the Senate doesn’t have the power to confirm nominees.”

The Senate has been at odds with the presidency over appointments after it rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), but the presidency still kept him on as acting chairman.

In protest, lawmakers asked that invitation from the agency to any of its members be ignored.

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