After a long closed session, the Senate drafted the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, to address reporters and announce the rejection of Magu’s nomination.
Abdullahi said the Senate’s decision not to confirm Magu was due to unfavourable security reports against his nomination. He did not say what the security reports were.
Buhari nominated Magu about six months ago as EFCC chairman and sent his name to the Senate for screening and confirmation.High wired politics within and outside the Senate trailed the nomination forcing the Senate to keep the nomination in the limbo.
The closed session yesterday was said to have been heated as those in support of the screening and confirmation of Magu and others opposed to that were said to have been locked in a row.At the end of the session, it was said that the upper chamber resolved to follow the security reports.
The Senate based its decision on security reports from the Department of State Services (DSS), it was learnt, but this could not be immediately confirmed.The reports, it was learnt, catalogued what a source described as “the sins of Magu”.
It was also learnt that the Senate was reminded that Magu’s nomination was signed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo when President Buhari was away.
Some highly placed Presidency officials were also said to have been uncomfortable with Magu and elected to ensure that the nomination did not sail through.
A highly placed Presidency official is said to be the arrowhead of the campaign to abort Magu’s nomination.
Magu and some EFCC personnel were already in the National Assembly complex yesterday when the news of the rejection of his nomination broke.
Magu was invited briefly into the Senate chamber. It was not however clear what transpired while he was in the chamber.