Presidency says issues with National Assembly will be resolved

Timothy Choji & Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says that the executive has a mechanism for settling issues with the National Assembly.

Mohammed stated this in reaction to a question asked by a correspondent on the threat by the Senate not to confirm any nominee sent to it by the executive.

“The fact of the matter is that we have a very excellent mechanism for resolving whatever issues is between us and the National Assembly,” he stated, adding that government is not one arm but comprises the executive, the legislature and the judiciary.

Speaking to Voice of Nigeria in an exclusive interview, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the controversy between the Executive and Legislative arms of government will soon be resolved.

the alleged remarks made by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, about the screening of nominees by the Senate, were misconstrued but steps are already being taken to resolve the matter amicably.

Garba Shehu said the alleged remark about the screening of nominees for appointments did not originate from the Acting President.

“There is no official position by the government of Nigeria and the Federal Executive Council never sat down to take a decision to say that some categories of officials will not be sent to the National Assembly any longer or that the authority of the Senate under the constitution to screen and pass nominees has never been questioned by the government or the Federal Executive Council,” he said.

According to the Presidential Spokesman, in compliance with the provisions of the law, the Executive arm has been sending the names of its nominees to the National Assembly for screening and it will continue to do so.

He said all parties involved in the matter will soon meet to thrash out the matter.

“From the time the Vice President gave that opinion to now, more than twenty nominations have been forwarded to the Senate and quite a number of them have been screened, sworn-in and are now occupying positions. So therefore, this is not a big issue as some people want to make it. The party, government and the National Assembly will sit on a round table and this matter will be discussed and resolved. I assure you,” he stated.

The Senate had on Tuesday resolved not to screen government nominees until the Acting President addressed remarks he allegedly made, which the Senate claimed undermined the authority of the legislature.