Senate Leadership meets to resolve Magu’s imbroglio

by on April 7, 2017
The Presidency may have renewed pressure on the Senate to confirm Ibra­him Magu as the sub­stantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as the leader­ship of the Upper House met last night to decide his fate.
The meeting came barely 24 hours after the leadership of All Progres­sives Congress (APC) met with party lawmak­ers in the National As­sembly on how to end the rift between the sen­ate and the executive arm of government.
The lawmakers were reported to have urged the party leadership at the Wednesday closed session to ask the Code of Conduct Tribunal to drop the alleged false as­sets declaration charges against Senate President Bukola Saraki as the only recipe for peace.
Senators at the meet­ing also asked the APC to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to call his aides to order if he wants a genuine ceasefire.
Meanwhile, the Sen­ate leadership was said to have met last night in an undisclosed loca­tion in Abuja to review the requests of the APC, including the confirma­tion of Magu as the EFCC boss.
The Senate had twice rejected the nomination of Magu as the EFCC chairman following an adverse security report by the Department of State Services (DSS). The DSS had in the report insisted that Magu was unfit to head the agency. But the Senate leadership in a meeting last night how­ever reviewed the Upper House decision on Magu, the yet to be passed 2017 Appropriation Bill, its hardline stance on the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) boss, Col, Hameed Ali (rtd), and other re­quests by President Bu­hari.
Details of the meet­ing were sketchy last, but sources said it was the continuation of the con­sultations between the party leadership and the lawmakers to end the rift between the Presidency and the Senate.
He, however, said that any decision will still be subjected to another de­bate by the senators on the floor of the Senate next week. There were however indications that the President may resend Magu’s name to the Sen­ate for confirmation next week.

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