Governors have joined the desperate lobby to nominate the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to replace Ibrahim Magu.
Also pushing for their preferred men are ex-governors, former ministers and influential politicians.
But President Muhammadu Buhari has shunned them all.
The lobbyists, according to The Nation, visited the Villa on Saturday.
Amid the lobby, the Presidential Committee Against Corruption (PCAC) has advised the Presidency to keep Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu, whose nomination was rejected last Thursday by the Senate, which cited a security report for its action.
The committee, which is headed by revered legal expert Prof. Itse Sagay, has faulted the report of the Department of State Services (DSS) upon which Magu was rejected.
It said it was not surprised by the Senate’s action because about 10-15 per cent of the senators were being investigated by the EFCC.
PCAC has written an advisory to the Presidency to re-nominate Magu.
A source said: “PCAC has sent an advisory to the Presidency on the DSS report, the implications of the decision of the Senate and the need to renominate Magu.
“In the advisory, PCAC has contrary opinions on the report of the DSS. It made it clear that the allegations against Magu by the DSS were ‘very weak and very spurious’. There is no substance in the allegations that can withstand a legal test.
“Members of PCAC saw the conspiracy against Magu coming because some people have been desperate to frustrate the anti-corruption agenda of the government.”