EFCC Chair: Presidency May Approach Supreme Court Over Magu
It appears that the presidency may approach the Supreme Court for the legal interpretation of section 171 of the constitution to know if it can confirm some of his nominees without recourse to the National Assembly.
This was disclosed by a reliable source at the presidency early Monday, adding that the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had been advised to approach the apex court.
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu is yet to be confirmed because the senate rejected him twice for allegedly failing its integrity.
This has led to a row between the executive and legislative arms of government with the senate suspending all issues bordering on confirmation of nominees by the presidency.
Osinbajo had aligned himself with the view of a Lagos lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Femi Falana that the president does not need to present some categories of appointees to the senate for confirmation.
The acting president’s statement angered the senate as it advised Osinbajo to sack Magu or else it would not address any issue bordering on confirmation of nominees anymore.
However, on Monday, the source said that the presidency had agreed to approach the apex court to interpret section 171 so to settle the legislative/executive crisis.
As a matter of fact, the source said that most senior lawyers agreed that the presidency had the powers to appoint a nominee without recourse to the senate but that there was the need for the acting president to toe the legal line in putting the record straight.