Sunday, March 19, 2017

President Buhari Can Nominate Magu Four Times, Says Ita-Giwa

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, a former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly matters has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari can nominate a candidate for a government position up to four times to the Senate for confirmation.

This follows the rejection of Acting EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu, for the second time by the senate.

In an interview published on Punch, Ita-Giwa listed a former chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu and an ex-minister of aviation, Prof. Babalola Aborishade, as nominees that were screened up to four times by the Senate before they were eventually cleared during the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo-led administration.

“We have to be careful to know that there is separation of powers. Magu’s case is a delicate one. However, if the president believes that he is the man that can help fight corruption, he has the power to keep re-presenting him. He can present him up to four times if he insists that he is the person that will help fight corruption.

“There is a need for intensive lobbying now. Lobbying is allowed. Cordiality between the executive and legislative arms should be strengthened.”

Speaking on the question of Magu’s integrity, she cautioned the upper legislative chamber to be careful in order not to make the acting chairman of EFCC a superstar out of sympathy from the populace.

Ita-Giwa noted that scenario at the moment is a no-win situation between the executive and legislative arms.

“We have to be careful because the world is watching us. At the moment, it is a no-win situation for both arms of government. If the senate finds Magu’s integrity questionable, they should be careful not to make someone a superstar out of sympathy. Magu’s situation should be handled with utmost care,” she stated.


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