Tue, Oct 03, 2023

Confirmation of nominees: Discordant tunes in Presidency as AGF disowns Osinbajo

Confirmation of nominees: Discordant tunes in Presidency as AGF disowns Osinbajo

Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, has disowned the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo’s claims that the Senate has no powers to confirm certain nominees appointed by the federal government.

Malami, while speaking with State House correspondents on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting, said that at no point did the Federal Executive Council arrive at such conclusion as to the Acting President making such claim.

Malami also said that the issue of nominee confirmation by the Senate had never been an issue for FEC and as such, does not even warrant any clarification from FEC.

“The fundamental consideration about the alleged statement by the Acting President is the fact that at no point ever did the Federal Executive Council sit down to arrive at the decision in one way or the other as far as the issue of nomination or otherwise is concerned.

“So, i do not think it constitutes an issue for the Federal Executive Council to make any clarification about because it has never been considered by the FEC.”

The Senate had on Tuesday gone into a standoff with the Presidency, vowing to stand down all requests for confirmation into Executive positions in the federal government following the outburst and challenge from the Acting President to the Senate’s capacity to confirm certain nominees of the Executive into federal agencies and parastatals.

Particularly, the Senate frowned at the Executive’s continued refusal to remove Ibrahim Magu who has continued as head of the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, despite being rejected twice by the upper legislative chamber.




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