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Saraki proffers solution to Executive-legislature squabbles, explains Senate’s refusal to confirm Magu

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A solution to end the lingering Executive-Legislature squabble witnessed in the just ending Eighth National Assembly has been offered by Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

According to the PDP stalwart, the Executive-Legislature squabble can be solved via a political solution, just as he noted that the greatest challenge confronting the National Assembly is negative public perception.

The Senate Leader spoke on Monday at the ongoing orientation for newly-elected members of the of the Ninth National Assembly, in Abuja.

While referring to the events which characterised the June 9, 2015, inauguration of the Eighth Assembly, Saraki admonished the new lawmakers not to attend any meeting outside the National Assembly on the day the Ninth Assembly would be inaugurated.

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“If they call you for meeting anywhere, don’t go. Stay in the National Assembly, that is where the election (of presiding officers) will hold,” Saraki stated.

The outgoing Senate Leader who also gave reasons why the Senate did not confirm Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) explained that there are 13 cases pending in court which delayed his confirmation.

He said; “On EFCC, there are about 13 cases in court, and I don’t know why they’ve not moved, but there are cases.

“But, there’s no doubt that the Senate has powers of confirmation.
“But, we have to look at political solutions to such issues.

“This issue will certainly come in the Ninth Assembly, and you have to deal with them,” he noted.

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