The National Assembly Members seized the opportunity of the audience they had with President Buhari to call for the sack of the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu in another ftesh plot.
The lawmakers made the demand for Maguâ€™s exit at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night.
There were indications that the Assembly might use the removal of Magu as a condition for the consideration of all outstanding appointments in the Senate.
The latest onslaught by the National Assembly has however created anxiety in Buhariâ€™s camp because of the stalling of the confirmation of the appointment of over 45 nominees in the Senate.
But Buhari, who listened calmly, allegedly glossed over the request for Maguâ€™s replacement.
According to reliable source, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, a Senator from the South-West re-echoed the need for the removal of Magu at the rapprochement dinner.
The top source said: â€œThe face-off between the Executive and the National Assembly over Magu reared its ugly head again at a dinner the President had with the principal officers of the legislature.
â€œWhat was meant for a new rapprochement by the two arms was turned into an agitation session with a Senator from the South-West demanding the sack of the Acting EFCC chairman.
â€œThe Senator wanted to know why the resolution of the Senate on Magu was not complied with.
â€œAlthough a principal officer from the House of Representatives actually backed the Senator, the President was non-committal. He actually glossed over the request.
â€œThe lawmakers felt a bit shocked that the President was not forthcoming on their request.â€
â€œApart from the concern over Magu, a principal officer of the House of Representatives also shocked the President on how he raised issues over non-appointment of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into key positions.
â€œThe affected principal officer said lack of empowerment of APC members was making loyalty to the government difficult.â€
Findings however revealed that the President was â€œnon-committalâ€ because there are more than seven suits in the court over Maguâ€™s continued stay in office.
â€œIt is also subjudice for the President to make comments because the row over Maguâ€™s confirmation has generated many matters in court. The lawmakers ought to know better on this.
â€œThe presidency is awaiting pronouncement by the court on this appointee. In the spirit of fairness, the President has no choice than to allow the status quo to remain. In fact, the Senate is a party to some of these cases.
â€œBeyond the cases, there were other issues which cropped up including allegations against Magu which the President discovered were unfounded.
â€œAlthough some forces in government wanted Magu out, there is also international dimension to it. Some donor agencies and a few countries collaborating with Nigeria on anti-corruption war were okay with the performance of Magu.
â€œThe President must weigh all options because the Magu saga is at the heart of the anti-corruption campaign which has defined this government.â€
But the National Assembly, especially the Senate, might go back to the trenches against the Executive over Magu.
It was learnt that the Senate might not immediately decide the fate of over 45 nominees from the Executive because of its outstanding concern over Magu.
It was gathered that the latest development has made some strategists of the President to meet on how to find political solution to the â€œrowâ€ over Magu.
One of the key strategists said: â€œWe are aware of the plot to stall the confirmation of these appointees since August but we will lobby the Senate to have a rethink.
â€œThe grouses of the Senate against Magu should not be tied to other appointeesâ€™ confirmation. We believe the President has started the rapprochement and the two arms will find a common ground.
â€œEven the row over Magu is resolvable if the two arms can strike a political compromise.â€
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