Osinbajo Senate says VP's order to ask PenCom, ICPC nominees to assume duty is illegal

Abdullahi said the leadership of the senate had been inundated with inquiries from individuals across the country on the issue.

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The senate has described Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's directive to agencies' heads nominees to assume duty pending Senate clearance as illegal.

The Senate Spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi made this known in a recent statement which addressed the constitutional implication of the direction.

Abdullahi said the leadership of the senate had been inundated with inquiries from individuals across the country on the issue.

“We will 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,” he said in a statement.

“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 problem between the executive and the legislature.”

ALSO READ: Osinbajo directs heads of PenCom, CCB, ICPC to resume pending confirmation by senate

The nominees awaiting Senate confirmation but who have been directed to resume duty are Ali Usman as director-general, PenCom; Mohammed Isah, chairman, CBB and Bolaji Owasanoye, chairman, ICPC.

On Friday, August 18, 2017, Bolaji Adebiyi, Permanent Secretary and Director of Press in the office of the secretary to the government of the federation, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo directed nominees of Pension Commission (PenCom), Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Allied Offences Commission (ICPC) to assume duty before confirmation.

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