All Progressives Congress, APC, has raised alarm over what it described as the illegal appointment of the Executive Chairman, Board of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Dr. William Babatunde Fowler, saying his appointment did not follow due process.
In a statement signed by the party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Timi Frank, and made available to journalists in Abuja, yesterday, the APC stated that for Fowler to take over the office without the approval of the Senate, portrays him as either being ignorant of the law or acting with impunity.
“Let us look at the FIRS Act before one is accused of crying wolf where none exists. Section 3(2a) of the FIRS Establishment Act, 2007, states that: “the Executive Chairman of the Service is to be appointed by the President and subject to the confirmation of the Senate.”
Frank questioned where Fowler derived his authority with which he now presides over the Board of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, as he has since assumed office and carries out the duties of the office, maintaining that the party will not allow this due to the economic challenges that the country is facing now.
“Do we let him go in view of the present financial quagmire in the country? I don’t think we should be swayed by arguments that we have gotten a czar to dress our financial wounds,” he said.
Frank also argued that with Fowler firmly in office, “the Senate would only be acting as a rubber stamp should it clear him in the face of this gross violation of the constitution. The Senate would also be setting a bad precedent should it decide to overlook Fowler’s infractions and clear him.
“It is wrong for an appointee, who is supposed to be confirmed by the Senate before appointment, to assume office and then come for confirmation. In such a situation, the man is already enjoying the pecks of office and the confirmation is being made to look like a fiat accomplished.”
APC, through the statement, called on the FIRS boss to step aside and allow himself to be screened and confirmed by the Senate as stipulated by law. Failure to do this, we will be compelled to seek judicial remedy against what they called ‘rape on democracy and extant laws’.


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