by Tunde Ogunmola
As President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country yesterday, a fresh cold war may be brewing up between the Senate and the Presidency.
The acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo had directed nominees into the headship of three Federal Government institutions whose names were recently announced to resume work in their acting capacity, pending the confirmation of their appointment by the Senate. But in a counter move to this directive, the Senate, yesterday issued a stern warning to the nominees not to heed to acting president’s directive, until their nominations are confirmed in accordance with the provision of the Constitution.
The nominees affected by the Senate directive are Alhaji Ali Usman who has been nominated to become the Director General of the Pension Commission (PenCom), Dr. Mohammed Isah nominated as chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB) and Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the chairman nominee of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
In a statement issued by its spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi, the Senate said that: “The leadership of the Senate has been inundated by enquiries from individuals from across the country who want to know whether the statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, to the effect that the nominees into the headship of PenCom, Code of Conduct Bureau and ICPC should resume work immediately pending their confirmation by the Senate was as a result of an understanding between the executive and the legislature”.
“We will like to advise the Acting President who was quoted to have given the directive for the resumption of the nominees that the directive was illegal and not right. The Senate will not support any action that is not in line with the law.
“We advise the nominees to hold on until they are cleared by the Senate as required by the law before resuming in their respective offices. We do not want anything that will cause any problem between the executive and the legislature.”