The Nigerian Senate has suspended the confirmation of all nominees from the executive. The Senate’s decision was sequel to a letter to the upper chamber seeking the confirmation of Lanre Gbajabiamila, as the director-general, National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).
The lawmakers, however, dismissed Osinbajo’s request over the failure of the executive to obey certain decisions of the Senate.
Senate further urged the Acting President to withdraw his earlier
statement that the Senate does not have the powers to confirm
nominations by the executive.
President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief of Staff Abba Kyari; during the Federal
Executive Council Meeting in Abuja. 28th June 2017.
Speaking at plenary on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, Senator Issa Misau described Osinbajo’s letter as a case of double standard.
“I see this letter by the Acting President as a case of double standard,” Missau said.
“How can Osinbajo say that we do not have the power to confirm nominations yet they are sending us name to people to confirm?
the executive have interest in someone, they would keep him without
confirmation. They are some people in this country that the executive
would prefer not to send their names for confirmation. I think it is
high time that we the Senate stand our ground and say ‘no’ to some of
these things,” he added.
In his contribution, Senator Dino Melaye urged the Saraki to stop reading letters from the executive arm of government seeking Senate confirmation of any nominee.
Senate confirmed some Resident Electoral Commissioners, the executive
swore in some, and rejected some. Now he is sending us name. That is an
insult and we cannot take it.
President, let it not be heard that it was during your time that the
institution of the Senate lost its powers. I want to move a motion to
prevent you (Saraki) from reading any letter from the executive seeking
the confirmation of any nominee. It should become abominable,” Melaye said.
Saraki urged the executive to obey the resolutions of the institution of the Senate.