Senate orders Buhari nominee to vacate office pending confirmation

Nigerian Senate
Nigerian Senate

The Senate, on Thursday, ordered an appointee of President Muhammadu Buhari, Lanre Gbajabiamila, to stay away from office as the Director-General of the National Lottery Regulation Commission, pending his confirmation in line with the law establishing the agency.

Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, APC, had told the Senate on Wednesday that‎ Mr. Gbajabiamila had resumed office, after his appointment was announced by Mr. Buhari in April, without Senate confirmation.

Section 8(1) of the Nigerian Lottery Regulation Commission Act says the President shall appoint the Director-General subject to the confirmation of the Senate.

Following Mr. Melaye’s complaint, Senate President Bukola Saraki tasked Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan to investigate the allegation.

On Thursday, Mr. Lawan, barely 24 hours after the task was assigned, reported back to the Senate and confirmed Mr. Melaye’s information that Mr. Gbajabiamila had resumed in breach of of law.

“The nominee for the office of the Director-General of National Lottery Regulatory Commission actually assumed office,” said Mr. Lawan. “I think he was misadvised and, therefore, assumed office without being confirmed.

“But there is a genuine appeal that such thing will not happen again. I have advised that the nominee should not be seen around the office.”

Responding, Mr. Saraki commended the Senate Leader for prompt action and ruled Mr. Gbajabiamila must not be seen in office again until his appointment is confirmed by the Senate.

“I think you will agree with me that the Leader has done a very thorough job,” Mr. Saraki said. “Not only that, he has responded promptly within 24 hours first of all to establish that the point raised by Senator Dino was factual and he got the assurances that this type of thing will not happen again.”

He continued: “We therefore stamp it out and it must not occur again. He has erred and he must probably have been misguided but definitely he must not be seen reporting in that area. Definitely, that must not happen.

“Going forward, for nominees and the executive, we must respect our laws and our processes. Even if he did it, somebody should have been there to direct and guide him. Those who are eager to resume should tarry a while and follow the due process. We will close this matter here.”

Mr. Gbajabiamila was one of the 23 persons appointed to head various federal agencies by Mr. Buhari, through an announcement made by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, on April 14

According to the announcement, the appointments were with immediate effect, brushing aside referral to the Senate for confirmation.


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  • Alhaja tunsj soyemi(iya basira

    APC gwamnent of UTTER CONFUSION and SHAME!

    • Olatubosun

      What are you saying

  • DTaj

    PDP was a corrupt, evil, and directionless party; but APC has shown more capacity for unrestrained lack of direction. APC people have become opposition onto their selves!
    As terrible as PDP was, David Mark as Senate President, worked well with Jonathan. The National Assembly under PDP was very united.
    It’s unfortunate that this APC government may not achieve much with this daily fight between the National Assembly and the Federal Government!
    And they all belong to the same party!
    What a shame!

    • MilitaryPolice01

      G if you seriously think there is a difference between APC and PDP, I must question your political understanding. Like someone once illustrated, when you pour a Pepsi drink into a bottle of Coca Cola and proceed to drink it,you will still be tasting Pepsi even though they are colored same. Two minor factors differentiate the two parties which is the PMB and VP Osibanjo, the rest are political hooligans who have cross carpeted at one time or the other. Since the former are in minority and the latter in majority, that simply explains why they are at war all the time and lack unity of purpose.

      • augustine akinyemi

        MilitaryPolice01, don’t mind the rascals, their days are numbered in the Red Chamber! Quite a number of them are not welcome in their constituency how much more to seek re-election in 2019. We are aware the political slogans that brought them to power are ‘CHANGE’ and ‘PMB’, without which their political rating is zero. Now, the Saraki factor is pushing and embolden them to bite the fingers that ‘s feeding them. A reason they are all sharing the common wealth so rabidly as if there’s no tomorrow
        and trying to cause discontent in the military. Their plans are evil and shall NOT prevail.

        • MilitaryPolice01

          G I like your optimism but INEC as it is currently constituted is no longer what Jega left behind, so dont be surprised if you see these same rogues being sworn in June 2019

  • TrueFairGame

    Must they publicize every minor thing? they could have simply adviced him if they observe things like that. The guy might have followed the tune of the letter to have resumed immediately. We all make innocent mistakes sometimes but i believe Dino behaved in a mischievous manner. Haba ! must they embarrass the man because his confirmation is in their hand?
    I heard the foul language Saraki used on this issue and i concluded that there is nothing honorable about these men and i doubt if any good could come from these characters.

  • kunle akindude

    Give me a break he resumes office in acting capacity pending confirmation If the office needs somebody there right away the Executive has the right to put him there in acting capacity Mr Melaye should mind his constituency languishing in poverty and stop going around looking for officials on duty in the executive

  • otunga

    “I dont want to interfere, I can work with anyone that emerges”.. M Buhari, 2015. Where is he now??!

  • Daniel

    When people like Magu are not confirmed and they remain in office, the aberration can only continue.

    Lawlessness is a recipe for chaos.