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S U N D A Y E D I T I O N COVER 51 BUSINESS 46 COVEREXTRA 58 South-South: Jonathan Has Failed Us Blame Game At Ladipo Autoparts Market OGUN PDP: Endless Crises Amid Huge Losses TheGuardian Conscience, Nurtured by Truth Sunday, March 3, 2013 Vol. 29, No. 12,484 N300 Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha (left); former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III; Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd); Vice President Namadi Sambo; and Gov. Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State, during a special convocation ceremony and special launching of N50b ABU phase two Development Fund in Zaria… yesterday. Controversy Over New FIRS Chairman By Marcel Mbamalu, News Editor Ministry Shortlists Six Candidates, Drops Incumbent Boss; North Kicks ONTRARY to the convenC tional practice, the Ministry of Finance may, cise is expected to help the Ministry zero in on just one of the candidates. Incidentally, the FIRS is one of the few MDAs that expressly preclude such process of appointment in the enabling law — the Federal Inland Revenue Act, 2007, in FIRS case —, thus raising fresh controversy on the legitimacy of the process. But Max Ogar, a constitutional lawyer with special interest in public interest litigation, today, conduct a final interview for six shortlisted candidates vying for the chairmanship of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). This is the first time such interview and selection process will be adopted for the FIRS or related appointment in Federal parastatals and MDAs. The outcome of today’s exer- yesterday, said the move could set a dangerous precedent, as it was the exclusive function of the President to make such appointments. Anchoring his argument on the law {Section 3(2)(a)} — Federal Inland Revenue Act, 2007 — that vests the President with the Authority to appoint any person of his choice into the office, therefore, Ogar urged President Jonathan not to set “a bad precedent,” subjecting the FIRS chairmanship position to undue political maneuverings through such “tests” as planned by the Finance Ministry. “If we allow the ongoing joke to go, then, we shall get to a point where Nigerians will insist on the President declaring vacant Ministerial positions — the National Security Adviser, the Chief of Staff (COS), among others — and subjecting the selection process to screening/interview; may that day never come. “Specific to the FIRS job, it is the President’s exclusive right, subject only to Senate confirmation. I expect the President to take absolute charge of the process by looking at whoever he feels can deliver. Nobody needs to screen/interview anyone for Mr. President,” he said. Ogar’s grouse against the ongoing process of screening/interviewing candidates for the position is not an isolated case. He had instituted a suit against the National Archibong Petitions Jonathan, Alleges Miscarriage Of Justice By Ehichioya Ezomon (Group Political Editor) ISGRACED Federal High D Court judge, Justice Charles Efanga Archibong, has peti- tioned President Goodluck Jonathan to restore him to the position from which the president compulsorily retired him last Monday. In the petition, which was copied to Chief Justice of the Federation, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the judge claimed unfair hearing and miscarriage of justice against him by the National Judicial Council (NJC). He specifically asked the President to rescind/withdraw CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

Sunday 03 Mar 2013 The Guardian Nigeria

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