– The Senate has reportedly lifted the embargo it placed on the confirmation of executive appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari
– A senator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party says the embargo has been lifted after the issues surrounding it were resolved
– According to report, the embargo was placed following President Buhari’s resolve to retain Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the EFCC, despite his non-confirmation by the Senate
An embargo reportedly placed on the confirmation of executive appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari has been lifted by the Senate.
Punch reports that the embargo was placed in protest against the retention of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), despite his non-confirmation by the Senate.
We note that the embargo was reportedly lifted at a closed-door session held by the lawmakers on October 10.
Apart from Magu’s retention by the president, a statement credited to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was said to have also angered the lawmakers.
The vice president was quoted as saying that he agreed with human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), that Section 171 of the constitution empowered President Muhammadu Buhari to make certain appointments without recourse to the legislature for approval.
A senator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party from the southeast geopolitical zone, who craved anonymity, said: “We have lifted that (the embargo). We did it (placed the embargo) based on certain premises and after a while, those issues were resolved. You can see that we are clearing the backlogs and all the outstanding screenings and confirmations. We are doing them. So, it has been lifted.”
When asked why there was no resolution vacating the earlier resolution placing the embargo, he said: “It must not necessarily be a resolution as per coming on the floor. It was a resolution we took at a closed session.”