VP Osinbajo declares Support for EFCC acting chairman Ibrahim Magu, But the Senate Doesn't Like His Audacity

  Despite the senate's rejection of acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday stated that he and President Buhari are fully in support of the acting Chairman of EFCC.

Osinbajo said this while speaking to some journalists at the state house in Abuja. According to him, President Buhari has not called for Magu's replacement because he doesn't find the DSS report which indicted him of some wrongdoings, enough reasons to do so.
Recall that the senate last month rejected Magu's nomination as EFCC Chairman on the basis of the DSS report that accused Magu of corruption and living a lifestyle that is above his means. Osinbajo in the interview said Magu can be re-presented to the senate for screening and confirmation.

“We should commend the president for not interfering with what the DSS said. The DSS came up with a report and the man who was accused refuted it. He explains and gives a reason. When that happened, the president looked at what Magu said and what the DSS wrote and he said ‘I am satisfied with what Magu said. He then decided to retain Magu as the nominee for EFCC. I don’t see any reason why that should be contested. The president has not interfered with what the DSS said. If he wanted to interfere, he would have ordered the DSS to keep quiet. 
He didn’t do that, but he said ‘I don’t think the DSS report is meritorious enough to withdraw his nomination. The president reserves the right to say, ‘this is who I want’. I’m fully in support of Magu as the EFCC chairman just as the president is. It is up to the senate to make their judgement, and it is up to us say what we want to do. If our candidate is rejected, we can rep-resent him. 
No law says we can’t re-present him. And again, there is the other argument, whether or not we need to present him for confirmation and that’s a compelling argument from Femi Falana. His argument is that under the constitution, section 171, and if you look at that section, it talks about the appointments that the president can make. 
They include appointments of ministers, ambassadors and heads of agencies such as the EFCC. In that same section 171, the constitution rightly said that certain appointments must go to the senate such as ministerial and ambassadorial appointments. Those of heads of agencies like the EFCC do not have to go to the senate. 
That’s what the constitution says. 
But the EFCC act, which of course as you know is inferior, says that EFCC chairman should go to the senate for confirmation. I am sure that even a pocket book lawyer knows that when a legislation conflicts with constitution, it’s the constitution that prevails. I agree with Mr Falana that there was no need in the first place to have sent Magu’s name to the senate, but we did so and it was rejected by the senate, but I believe that it can be rep-resented. 
I don’t think there is anything wrong about the fact that senate has rejected him. Senate has acted in its own wisdom to say ‘No, we don’t want him’, and we can say, ‘This is our candidate… we like the gentleman and we want him to continue.”he said 

Meanwhile, the senate has reacted to the VP's statement  asking acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, to withdraw a statement he made..

During plenary today, a letter from his office seeking the confirmation of Lanra Gbajabiamila as Chairman of the National Lottery Commission, was read by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the plenary. The senators rejected the request, arguing that Osinbajo who had earlier said they have no powers to confirm some appointees, cannot be forwarding names for confirmation to them. They asked him to withdraw his statement just as they suspended all issues relating to confirmation from the Executive until such matters of confirmation as contained in the constitution were strictly adhered to.
VP Osinbajo declares Support for EFCC acting chairman Ibrahim Magu, But the Senate Doesn't Like His Audacity VP Osinbajo declares Support for EFCC acting chairman Ibrahim Magu, But the Senate Doesn't Like His Audacity Reviewed by getitrightnigerians on 18:34:00 Rating: 5

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