Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, has said that despite the rejection of the nomination of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, by the Senate, the anti-graft boss can still continue to lead the commission in acting capacity.
Speaking with New Telegraph yesterday, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria described the rejection of Magu as the substantive chairman of the EFCC as perverse and contrary to the interest of the country and its fight against graft.
While stating that the president would still be acting in accordance with the constitution if he represents Magu as his nominee for the EFCC chair, the Professor of Law added that the president could also stick with the option of allowing Magu to continue in acting capacity.
On the rejection, he said: “It is perverse and certainly contrary to the interest of Nigeria and anti-corruption struggle. I think that the fact that a man who is so clean, an achiever, professional, patriotic and has done so much in the fight against corruption is being rejected, says a lot about those who rejected him.
“The president can still represent Magu and that is constitutional. You can keep on presenting somebody who is being consistently rejected. We had that precedence when former President Olusegun Obasanjo kept representing Prof. Babalola Aborisade as minister until he was finally accepted by the Senate.
So, we have that precedence and the president can do a similar thing. “But in any case, the power of the president to appoint an acting chairman is still there. So, the fact that the person is not confirmed simply means that he remains acting chairman and there is nothing unconstitutional about that,” he said.