Magu: Reps Warn Osinbajo Over EFCC Seat
The House of Representatives have sent a warning signal to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, urging him to respect the doctrine of serration powers.
The lawmakers unanimously spoke against the comment of the vice president over the appointment of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.
Citing Section 171 of the 1999 constitution, Osinbajo had said that President Muhammadu Buhari had the power to appoint into statutory bodies without seeking confirmation from the National Assembly.
However in his motion, entitled, “‘Need To Prevent The Erosion of the Doctrine of Separation of Powers in the Nation’s Democratic Practice’, the House Minority Leader, Leo Ogor kicked against the vice president’s interpretation of section 171 as he pointed the attention of his colleagues to Section 4 (2) of the constitution.
In Section 4 (2), Ogor noted that the legislature has powers to make laws upon which the National Assembly had enacted the EFCC Act for the executive to obey.
Presided by the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, the legislators unanimously called the Vice President to order as it directed its committee on media to investigate the national daily that quoted the vice president on the section 171.
The lawmakers described Osinbajo’s interpretation of the section 171 as violation of the doctrine of the separation of powers and the spirit and letters of the constitution.