The Senate has stated that its decision not to confirm the appointment of the Chairman of the Economic Financial and other Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu is constitutional.
At a plenary in Abuja on Tuesday, the upper legislative chambers also resolved to suspend all confirmation requests from the executive until decisions of the legislature are respected by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
In a four-prayer motion unanimously adopted by the lawmakers, the Senate frowned at a statement credited to the Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo that the Senate had no power to confirm the chairman of the EFCC.
Osinbajo was quoted as saying that the Senate only had the power to confirm Ministerial and Ambassadorial nominees.
The decision of the Senate arose from a motion raised by Senator Ahmed Sani following a letter requesting the confirmation of Mr Lanre Gbajabiamlla as Director General of the National lottery Commission.
With particular reference to the rejection of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, the Senate insisted that the Executive must respect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or go to court to seek a redress.
The upper legislative chamber stressed that it was an illegality for Magu to still be parading himself of the chairman of the Commission after being rejected by the body constitutionally empowered to approve or reject his appointment.
The Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was credited as saying that the Senate does not have power to reject the appointment of Magu as Chairman of EFCC.
The Senate therefore frowned at the comment credited to the acting president and approved the following prayers:
“That the Senate suspends all issues relating to confirmation of nominees from the executive until all issues of confirmation as contained in the constitution and laws of the Federation are adhered to.
“The Acting President must respect the constitution and laws as it relates to confirmation of appointments. The Acting President should immediately respect rejection of nominees by the senate yes.
“The Acting President should withdraw the statement credited to him that the Senate does not have the power to confirm certain nominees,” the Senate approved.
This is the second time the senate is taking a resolution against the executive for its refusal to adhere to the rejection of Magu and the Chairman of the EFCC.