Senate threatens showdown with presidency over Magu - Trends and Politics


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Senate threatens showdown with presidency over Magu

The Upper Legislative Chamber, the Senate is currently calling for the suspension of consideration and confirmation of appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari over a comment credited to  Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, that executive appointments did not require legislative approval based on Section 171 of the Constitution.
The lawmakers raised strong protests when a letter from Osinbajo asking the Senate to confirm the nomination of Mr. Lanra Gbajabiamila as Chairman of the National Lottery Commission, was read by President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, at the plenary.

As they condemn Osinbajo for the comment, the lawmakers successively asked that an embargo should be placed on confirmation of executive appointments pending the time the powers of the legislature had been recognised.

The lawmakers threatened to move against the leadership of the Senate if it failed to take a drastic action against the executive in 48 hours, the lawmakers asked that invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to any member be ignored.

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