The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has described the appointment of Dr. William Babatunde Fowler as the Executive Chairman of the Board of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), by President Muhammadu Buhari, as illegal.
He therefore asked the new FIRS boss to toe the path of honour and step down now or be prepared to face legal action.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, the APC deputy spokesman urged on the National Assembly to do their job and invoke the relevant sections of the constitution to deal with the illegality; otherwise, it may be accused of acting as rubber stamp should it clear Fowler in the face of this gross violation of the Constitution.
He said by his assuming office without a corresponding consent and assent of the Senate, Fowler has portrayed himself as either ignorant of the law, or acting with impunity.
“Let us look at the FIRS Act before one is accused of crying wolf where none exists. Section 3(2a) of the FIRS Establishment Act, 2007, states that: “the Executive Chairman of the Service is to be appointed by the President and subject to the confirmation of the Senate.”
“Where does Fowler derive his authority with which he now presides over the Board of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)? He has since assumed office and carrying out the duties of the office. Do we let him go in view of the present financial quagmire in the country? I don’t think we should be swayed by arguments that we have gotten a czar to dress our financial wounds, ” he said.
Frank argued that with Mr. Fowler firmly in office, “the Senate would only be acting as rubber stamp should it clear Fowler in the face of this gross violation of the Constitution.”
He argued further that all those who have similarly assumed office without getting Senate assent would have disqualified themselves.