The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Olanipekun Olukayode as Secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), despite protests from two PDP lawmakers.
This followed the adoption of the report of the Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes.
However, the approval witnessed a mild drama when two members of the committee and loyalists of Senate President Bukola Saraki, Isah Misau and Dino Melaye accused the committee chairman, Chukwuka Utazi, of running a one-man show.
Although three Principal Officers: Saraki, his deputy Ike Ekweremadu and Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan insisted that the committe’s report be considered since the panel formed a quorum, the two Pro-Saraki senators argued that this was against the resolution of the upper legislative body on Tuesday, which asked the panel chairman to meet his members and resolve the issues.
Utazi who is also a PDP legislator explained that the two committee members refused to endorse the committee’s report.
On Tuesday, the Senate had suspended the Olukayode’s confirmation till Wednesday following a complaint by a member of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, Misau, that the committee did not follow due process in submitting its report.
But efforts by the two lawmakers to stop the Senate from proceeding on Committee of the Whole to consider the committee’s report, proved abortive, as lawmakers confirmed Olukayode’s appointment.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja