The Senate Leader Ali Ndume on Monday in Abuja reacted with a denial to media reports that the Senate had rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Speaking after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Ndume said the confirmation of Magu was only suspended pending clarification from the presidency.
He said: ”What we said is that the Senate on that Thursday could not go ahead with the confirmation of Mr Ibrahim Magu because we are in possession of a letter from the Department of State Service which requires clarification from Mr President, who is the principal or the head of the government.
”That was what happened, anyway. Because of this controversy that can come out. I’m one of those that wrote the short press statement which states that the Senate cannot continue with the confirmation.
”So, the other four members have been referred to the committee and the committee will resume its work immediately after the break.’’
On the Senate resolution for the removal of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, Ndume said the resolution was not an order but a recommendation to the president.
”What the Senate considered is still work in progress because it was an interim report.
“It is the same public that are interested and worried to know what have we done as a Senate about those allegations.
“The committee issued an interim report and the interim report seemed to indict the SGF.
“The consequences of such indictment is what they recommended,” he said.