The Senate has repeatedly refused to confirm the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission because “he had been indicted for infractions by a report of the Department of State Service, DSS.”
Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki said there is always “the need for political solution and dialogue” to solve such issue as Magu’s confirmation.
He said that following the rejection of Magu’s nomination on more than one occasion, President Muhammadu Buhari failed to nominate another person for the position.
Saraki made this disclosure at an orientation programme organised for senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect ahead of the inauguration of the ninth National Assembly in Abuja.
“In the case of the appointment of the chairman of the EFCC, the powers of the Senate are very clear in the constitution. For any nominee, we are guided by the constitution. It is an appointment made by Mr. President subject to the confirmation of the Senate, which means the Senate has the powers to either say yes or say no.
“In a situation where the Senate rejects, it is up to the executive at that time to send in a replacement or in some cases, when we have rejected an appointee the executive will re-present same before the Senate, but if the senators again, took a decision to reject the nominee, the appointment stands rejected.”
Also, the Senate president said senators in the incoming ninth assembly should decide who is best to lead them as Senate president, as it is important to ensure stability in the upper legislative chamber.
There have been reports about who takes over from Saraki after he lost his re-election.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, is, however, expected to produce Saraki’s replacement having emerged with majority lawmakers.
The party has picked Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as their preferred candidates for Senate President and Speaker respectively.
But Saraki urged incoming members of the National Assembly to be present in the legislative complex and elect their next leaders.
“The point I am making is that we should not make too much news on the process of electing presiding officers. What is important is for members of the Senate to decide who is the best to lead them so that they can have stability.”
Reacting to Saraki’s counsel to members of the ninth National Assembly, the APC asked him and other members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to mind their own business as far as the election of principal officers of the National Assembly is concerned.
Its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Isa-Onilu said this in an interview with journalists.
“The position of the party remains that those positions that belong to the majority party belong to us. Members of the minority party should mind their own business. They should find a way of occupying the positions that belong to them. It is not in their place to start telling us what to do and what not to do.”