The Nigeria Senate will no longer confirm nominees from the Presidency, according to reports from the Punch.
It alleges that the Senators are ready to show the Presidency its other side until the Buhari-led executive branch makes a definite decision on the future of Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The Senate is reportedly making the move based on the recent comment by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who said he agreed with human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), that Section 171 of the Constitution empowers the President to make some appointments without National Assembly’s approval.
A source within the Senate said, “They (Presidency) should proceed to court to seek endorsement for their position. It is their business to go to the court, not the Senate’s. The Vice President has already stalled the nomination and confirmation processes by his unguarded statements.
“He somehow agreed with Falana that there is no need for legislative confirmation for the appointments.
“With the Section 171 claim by the Vice-President, the Senate is now at a crossroads on whether to go on with the confirmation (of appointments) or adopt the new claim by the Presidency.
“The National Assembly follows established laws, which have been used for all dealings with the other arms of government. If they now have a contrary view, they should go to court.”
The Nigerian Senate will no longer confirm nominees forwarded to it from the Presidency.
PUNCH reports that the Senators are ready for a show down
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