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Lawan Denise bribes of N2 billion naira


Dr. Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate, washed his hands off an alleged N2 billion bribe collection to hasten Prof. Mahmood Yakubu's reappointment as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The reaction of Lawan was contained in a statement released yesterday evening by his spokesman, Mr. Ola Awoniyi, to an online media report alleging that a party led by the President of the Senate obtained N2 billion from Yakubu to facilitate President Muhammadu Buhari's approval of his appointment to a new five-year term.

He therefore ordered Nigerians to dismiss the story "as yet another incident of hallucination by the comical characters operating the fabricated news platform as the online medium has long earned its center stage as a steward of forged news with high profile public officials as its targets

It is well known that only the President can nominate a candidate for appointment or reappointment as INEC Chairman, the statement further said.

And only the Senate, as a body, may after proper screening of the candidate, approve or deny the appointment.

The legislative procedure for the President's approval of appointments is open to all esteemed senators and includes them.

Lawan noted that the publication did not include the names of the members of the fictional group and the location from which the group was working.

The President of the Senate is just the Chairman of the Senate and does not lead any party inside or outside the Augusta group.

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