No peace in Senate except Saraki resigns as President –APC senator


Senate President Bukola Saraki

ABUJA-Senator Abu Ibrahim from Katsina State has called on Senator Bukola Saraki to resign from his position as the Senate President.

He based his call on the fact that he had resigned from the All Progressives Congress which he said had the majority of members.

Ibrahim who spoke with journalists in an interview on Thursday said having left the party, it was just proper for him to resign from his position.

He however warned that his failure to resign would make it impossible to have peace in the Senate.

His words:  “I think it is commendable that he has left the party. He has chosen the path of survival because it is the issue of political survival not anything for Nigeria.

“But next is for him to resign as Senate President, because by all conventions all over the world, the majority party produces the leadership; Senate President, the Majority Leader and others.

“Again, let him be gentleman enough and resign as Senate President. If he does not, we will never have peace in that Senate because it is absolutely clear that APC has majority to produce the leadership.

“I hear the PDP claiming majority, but it is crystal clear that APC has majority. We will have more members. We will conduct two bye-elections and we will have the two members.

“We also have some alliance with APGA. It is clear that APC has majority. APC with majority should produce the leadership in the Senate. 49 cannot produce the leadership. Saraki should resign as Senate President.”

He denied a report that there was a plan by some legislators to break into the chamber on Wednesday to hold a session.

He said there were rules for reconvening and where necessary, they would.

According to him, the law said once they were up to 30, they could reconvene.

“We do not need to break into the chamber when we have the number. I will never subscribe to that. We can reconvene. The rules are there that if we are up to 30 we can reconvene.

“Why should we break into the chamber when we can reconvene legally and do what we want to do.

“It is legal. I do not see why anybody should contemplate that we can break into the chamber. I do not know about it and even if I know about it, I will say it is unwise.

”However, if the leadership does not ask for peace, it will not get peace. Peace is a function of leadership.

“I have been in the Senate for about four times. I cannot allow anybody to manipulate me. I cannot take it.”

He added:  “Nobody was elected as Senate President. We all came here as senators. So we have equal footing. We gave you leadership. If you fail to give us the right leadership and if majority of us don’t want you any more, you have to leave. Saraki was elected by us. At any time majority of us say he should go he has to go.”




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