Saraki not fit to be Senate President, APC insists

…Senate President has no link with fired SSS boss, ally says

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has maintained its earlier position that the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki must resign from holding position of number three citizen in the country following his defection to the main opposition, People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole; and some senators elected on the platform of the party led by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, had on Wednesday last week after a closed-door with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja demanded Saraki’s resignation.

Oshiomhole told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that the right thing for the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, is to vacate his seat, having left the party.

According to APC Chief, it was a matter of honour for Saraki to leave “the crown in the family it belongs to.”

He said, “But whatever is the reason, we can defect from the party but we can’t defect from Nigeria.

“The only thing is that there are other consequential issues that every man or woman of honour who had taken such decisions would be expected to follow through.

“I mean you should not collect a crown that belongs to a family and wear it on behalf of the family if for your personal reasons which he has enumerated that he has gone to another family.

“It is just a matter of honour to leave the crown in the house that the crown belongs to.

“As it stands even now, the APC is still the largest party in the Senate. We have 53 senators, that is much more than what the PDP has, or APGA has.”

Affirming its earlier position on Thursday, the party, in a statement signed by its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena insisted that the Senate Presidency seat is not meant for Saraki.

The statement partly read, “In every democratic country, the position of the Senate President is one of the highest political offices one can attain.

“It is a position reserved for the best of the best, experienced and exemplary politicians who by their character and conduct in public offices, the younger generation look up to as role models.

“In terms of exemplary personage, the reverse is the case in respect of the current Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki who has been a dismal failure and has been involved in one controversy or the other – budget padding, filibustering, legislative rascality, sabotage of matters of national interest, among other criminalities too numerous to mention.”

Meanwhile, one of the allies and former deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Timi Frank had said that the Senate President has no any pact with sacked Director-General of State Security Services (SSS), Lawal Daura.

Insinuations were rife on Tuesday after National Assembly invasion by operatives of SSS that Daura was indirectly working for Saraki.

Frank, who described the insinuations as “misinformation and a cheap blackmail”, asked general public to disregard such information, urging Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to hold National Chairman of APC Adams Oshiomohle; his deputy, Niyi Adebayo; the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and the sacked DG of SSS, Lawal Daura responsible for the deployment of armed security personnel that laid siege at National Assembly last Tuesday.

He argued that there was no point in time the President of the Senate had anything in common with the official duty with the former DG of SSS.

“Information at our disposal revealed that as at Thursday 2nd August 2018, National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, his deputy Niyi Adebayo, the Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari and the sacked DG of SSS, Lawal Daura, summoned the clerk of National Assembly, Sanni Omoloro who was approved and scheduled to commence his annual vacation on 3rd August 2018 outside the country, but was instructed that the presidency has cancelled his earlier approved vacation as he will be needed to be in Senate on Tuesday to swear in a new leadership of the Senate.

“Sources close to the Clerk of National Assembly privy to his travel itinerary also revealed to us that the Clerk, based on the instruction given to him by those mentioned above, had no choice than to cancel his planned vacation,” he said.

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