The Senate has suspended confirmation of 27 resident electoral commissioners following alleged disregard for its resolutions by the Presidency.
President Buhari's Senate liaison officer, Ita Enang, said the administration will respect the decision of the lawmakers and pursue dialogue with them; PREMIUM TIMES reports.
The Senate on Tuesday suspended the confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari's nominees for Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, after expressing concerns with the continued stay of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The AGF was asked if it was proper for Magu to continue in acting capacity despite being rejected twice by the Senate following a damning report issued against him by the Department of State Services.
"From that report which is now public, it is obvious the DG SSS even tried to give Magu soft landing in the report that was sent to the Senate".
Defending his motion earlier, Nwaoboshi said: "Recently in this Senate, we have dealt with the issue of confirmation, and today, the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Anti-corruption, Prof".
Shortly after rejecting Mr. Magu penultimate Wednesday, the senators urged the president to relieve the EFCC chief of his job and name a temporary replacement pending fresh nomination of a substantive chairman.
"Prof Sagay said the senate merely confirms".
"This is unexpected from somebody who had lectured constitutional law in the university and, of course, a chairman of such a big body to say that the legislature merely confirms, that is, the legislature has no power". Look at the list, we have eight of them here out of 27, for reappointment, which means they are acting already, they are already working and they are still in position.
His position was adopted by Senator Matthew Uroghide (Edo South) who also noted that the Acts establishing the agencies of government have specified which appointments by the president have to be confirmed by the Senate.
The president sent a list of 27 nominees to the Senate last week.
"He further said" Magu is terrorizing us because we disqualified him.
In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki pleaded with the senators to only suspend the consideration for a few weeks, rather than refusing to consider it.
"We appreciate the Senate, we do not quarrel with them".