To avoid another breach of the constitution by the Buhari-led Executive, Senate yesterday faulted the appointment of the Director-General National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila without confirmation and asked him, to stop parading himself as the Chief Executive officer of the commission.
This directive followed the point of order raised by Sen Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi) during the plenary.
Melaye who came under order 43, quoted Section 8(1) of the National Lottery Act 2015 which stipulates that “there shall be for the commission, a director-general whom shall be appointed by the President subject to the confirmation of the senate.
“It is sad to note that a new director general of the National Lottery Commission has not only been appointed by the President but he has resumed office without being confirmed.”
According to Melaye, the DG has started signing documents and carrying out functions of the office of the director general of the commission without referral or confirmation by the senate.
“We have a list of the likes of the DG of Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission waiting for Senate’s confirmation. The executive arm of government cannot choose which law to obey or which not to obey.
“Why will there be selective respect for the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law must be respected. It is safer to be loyal to the people of Nigeria than to be afraid of the rod of EFCC or the executive.
“We must stand on the truth and we must communicate this misbehaviour and rascality to those concerned,” he said.
In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki said, “the issues were very weighty and were issues that bothered on the Constitution, the Rule of Law and our democracy and how we practiced it.”