Nigeria’s Senate on Tuesday resolved to suspend all issues relating to the confirmation of certain nominees from the executives, pending the removal of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
The Upper Chamber also asked the Acting President to respect the rejection of nominees by the Senate and withdraw the statement credited to him that the Senate doesn’t have the power to confirm nominees.
On resumption of the Senate from Sallah break, on Tuesday, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki read a letter from the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, requesting the confirmation of Lanre Gbajabiamila as Director General of National Lottery Commission.
But this triggered disapproval during the plenary session.
Senator Ahmed Yerima, citing order 14 as regards the letter of confirmation reminded the Senate that the Acting President had once stated that the Senate doesn’t have the power to confirm, insisting that the issue must be clarified by the Senate before going ahead with the consideration of the request.
Another lawmaker Senator George Sekibo who was sacked by Tribunal last week Thursday said the Senate should suspend the request till the issue of power to confirm was cleared.
Senator Sola Adeyeye representing Osun Central, in his view, said that every public servant was to obey the Law of the country as no one was given an exception to dance around the law.
Also the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu emphasized that the law must be obeyed.
In his ruling, Saraki said that the matter needed to be addressed, stating that there must be respect for the constitution and laws enacted by National Assembly.