Mon, Sep 25, 2023

Confirmation of nominees: AGF's points on FEC meeting misrepresented - Presidency

Confirmation of nominees: AGF's points on FEC meeting misrepresented - Presidency

The Presidency has faulted report quoting the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, as saying that Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo should be held responsible for a statement credited to him by the Senate.

“”The endorsement by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo of the continuous stay of Ibrahim Magu as EFCC chairman was not a collective decision,” an online publication had quoted the Malami as saying on Wednesday.

However, Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity (Office of the Vice-President), on his twitter handle, frowned at the publication, saying the Minister was misrepresented in the report.

"The Attorney-General’s point is that decisions on Presidential nominations are matters for the Presidency and not the Federal Executive Council.’’

While briefing State House correspondents alongside the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Attorney General, dismissed the assertion that the FEC had discussed the issue of confirmation of nominations or otherwise by the Senate.

Akande said, “Well the fundamental consideration about the alleged statement is the fact that at no point ever the Federal Executive Council sat down to arrive at the decision in one way or the other as far as the issue of nomination or otherwise is concerned.”

The Senate on Tuesday frowned at a statement credited to Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo that the Upper Chamber had no power to confirm certain political appointments being made by the Presidency.

The Senate, therefore, in a four-prayer motion, resolved to suspend all confirmation requests from the Executive until decisions of the Legislature are respected by the Presidency.



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