The Presidency has said it will respect the upper legislative chamber’s decision to suspend consideration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominees for Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).
TheNewsGuru.com reports that the Senate on Tuesday suspended consideration of the REC nominees in protest against Ibrahim Magu’s continued stay in office as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC despite its pronouncement that he (Magu) was not fit to continue occupying the position.
Speaking to the media in response to the Senate’s decision, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang, said President Buhari will respect the decision of the lawmakers and pursue dialogue with them.
He noted that the Senate is an arm of government that must be respected in any decision it takes in the course of exercising its powers as an independent institution.
Enang said: “We will not question the power of the senators to take decision on how they want to conduct nomination hearings.
“We will not go fighting with them”.
“We will listen to their grievances and reason along with them”
He declined to say if Buhari will ask Magu to step aside, saying he will “not go into specifics.”
The decision of the Senate to decline screening the REC nominees marked the second time in recent months that the Senate would move to force the hands of the executive on national issues.