Magu: Senate to Review Resolution April 24
Senators are set to clash with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, over his position on the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, Daily Trust on Sunday gathered.
Osinbajo, a few days ago threw his weight behind Magu and suggested that he (Magu) does not need Senate confirmation, to head the agency.
A cross section of senators who spoke to Daily Trust on Sunday, said the comment of the Vice President would further worsen the feud between the executive and the legislature.
President Muhammadu Buhari had weeks ago constituted a mediation committee chaired by Osinbajo to address the stand-off between the two arms of government.
Magu has been rejected twice by the Senate over a report by the Department of State Services (DSS).
In an interview, a senator said even though Magu is presented 1,000 times for confirmation, they will reject him.
“It is funny that the Vice President is saying this. As a professor of law, he should know this and two, as the chairman of the peace committee, he shouldn’t have said this.
“His utterances will negatively affect the peace committee because one of the issues creating the feud is the confirmation of Magu. We are saying he should be replaced and he is saying, we are wrong. Let me tell you that even if Magu is presented for confirmation 1,000 times, we will reject him because he lacks the capacity to occupy that office,” he said.
Another senator who also spoke said the comment by the vice president angered many of them.
“I was not surprised when my attention was drawn to the report credited to the Vice President because from day one he has been in the forefront of the crusade for Magu’s confirmation. In fact, aside from sending Magu’s name for confirmation, all the campaigns for it have been from his office. We know this.
“As you know refusal of the executive to implement our resolutions is the bane of our relationship. Now he is saying this. How will he succeed? Will there be EFCC without an Act?”
Another senator, who also did not want to be named said the Vice President should invite the APC caucus, rather than antagonising them.
“We have three categories of people in the Senate. We have those who are against Magu, those who are for him and those who are neutral. By his statement, Osinbajo has spoilt the slim chance of Magu at the Senate and the peace committee he chairs,” he said.
Meanwhile, our reporter reliably gathered that the leadership of the Senate would review the resolution on the rejection of Magu on the 24th of this month.
A source close to the leadership said, “the meeting will be held on Monday 24th of this month outside the National Assembly. A decision would be taken on it and other issues including the 2017 budget. The following day on Tuesday, the issue would be tabled before senators at an executive session before plenary.”
Our correspondents report that the lawmakers are resuming from their Easter break on Tuesday, the 25th of this month. The two-week ultimatum given to President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Magu has elapsed.
The senators, on the 28th of last month stood down the confirmation of Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over Magu. They said the RECs would not be screened unless Magu was replaced.
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