War In The Senate Over Plans To Impeach Saraki
Biodun Olujimi (PDP), the Senator representing Ekiti South has warned lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against beating the drum of war over an attempt to remove Dr Bukola Saraki, the Senate President.
With regard to what it takes to remove presiding officers, the Senator representing Ekiti South, who is coming in as the next Senate Minority Leader, said that Ahmed Lawan, Majority Leader as a principal officer and one of the oldest members of the 8th assembly should be conversant with the workings of the National Assembly.
We reported that the Majority Leader, Lawan had told President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the APC that the party’s Senate caucus will impeach Bukola Saraki, the Senate President and “force through a lot of things” when lawmakers reconvene on Tuesday.
On Monday, Ovie Omo-Agege (APC), the Senator representing Delta Central, had vowed that Saraki will be removed as Nigeria’s Senate President.
On the matter, Olujimi, said that the Senate was returning to face its duties more squarely.
The Senator representing Ekiti South, Senator Olujimi stated: “The Senate leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan should not cause tension and problem in the Senate.
“He should not promise the APC what he cannot deliver, Nigerians should hold him responsible if the Senate is unable to sit because the leadership of the Senate is not by party affiliation, it is through an election among all the Senators.
“Lawan should be reminded that the election of the present Presiding officers of the Senate was done even when he was not present.
“He should be reminded that responsible senators who attended the inauguration of the Senate as announced by President Buhari elected the Presiding officers and that Ahmad Lawan as the Senate leader should be conversant with the procedure for the removal of presiding officers and for the avoidance of doubt, the Senate is solidly behind the presiding offers and we will resist any attempt that will offset the calm situation in the Senate.
“The Senate leader should please note that we are returning to handle all outstanding issues and he should be held responsible if we are not able to accomplish them.
“We ask him as one of the Principal Officers of the Senate to refrain from beating drums of war that will not do anyone any good.
“We have resolved as Senators of the Federal Republic to face our duties squarely and pray that no one distracts us.
“The unity of the Senate is more important than anybody’s inordinate ambition.”