“If you use a particular platform to ascend a position, and at the end, you decided to leave such platform, I think it’s only honourable to leave such position with the crown since it is the same platform that you used in getting such position to the said thrown; should also make sense that you relinquish such position as-well “
This was the submission of the National Chairman of the Governing All Progressive Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole on the continuous reign of Dr Bukola Saraki as the president of the Senate says” the crown of Saraki’s head is no longer for him urging him to toe the path of honour.
Addressing journalists yesterday at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja that which was monitored by urban express news correspondent on channels television news , the former governor of Edo State assured that the APC would not only push for Saraki’s removal from office, but also go ahead to ensure he is not re-elected in next year’s general elections.
Oshiomhole, who was responding to Saraki’s claim that the President Mohammadu Buhari- led APC administration was behind his ordeal, described Saraki as a villain, who had not only sabotaged the interest of the APC, but whose conduct as Senate President also constituted a clog in the wheel of the progress of the country for the past three years. He particularly accused Saraki of working in cahoots with members of the opposition to sabotage the government through the delay in the passage of this year’s budget and the non-passage of the President’s request for the Virement of N228.8 billion for the conduct of next year’s polls.
Claiming that the recent siege on the National Assembly by DSS operatives was a stage-managed to smear the image of the Buhari administration, the former Labour leader claimed that such conduct was mainly responsible for the infrastructural deficit in the country.
According to him: “In support of my ‘thesis’ that Saraki has never acted in Nigeria’s national interest, my submission is that we can look at the way in which he adjourned the Senate about two weeks ago.“The Senate calendar is not a secret to the presiding officer of the Senate. It was known was that the Senate was going to be adjourned by Thursday. By Tuesday morning or Monday night, Saraki used his guesthouse, wrote out the name of senators in provisions, straight for signatories for senators to decamp to the PDP from the APC.
“Happily, some of the senators present refused to sign and that was what frustrated some of his calculations that by the time he was done, he was going to turn APC into a minority party in the Senate.“For careful observers, it is not a coincidence that as Senate president was reading defections from the Senate, his counterpart in the House of Representatives was also simultaneously reading the names of those who had defected.
“So, there is coordination for the defection day. But happily, the preventive steps we had taken to address those genuine grievances frustrated their numbers, such that from 36, they couldn’t get more than 14 senators to decamp.“The calendar of the Senate was that they were going to adjourn on Thursday and so, between Tuesday and Thursday, the Senate was expected, this I confirmed from the Senate leader, to discuss among other things, including the supplementary budget for INEC, realising that INEC requirements are not equipment you will buy from the shelf, as you have to order them and make allowance for manufacturers to manufacture them. So, time is of the essence.
“However, the Senate, under Saraki’s directive, adjourned without considering the matter that was before it, including the budget of INEC.”He continued: “If Saraki adjourned the Senate ahead of schedule to resume at the eve, towards the end of nominations, can that act be said to coincide with the National interests?
“If he decides to frustrate the INEC by denying it what it requires, can he be said to be a defender of democracy? If INEC doesn’t get the funds and therefore unable to conduct credible elections, will that not lead to further serious consequences for our processes and our democratic environment?
“So, I submit that Saraki’s deliberate actions were calculated to undermine democracy as if he had another state to fly to if this democracy collapses.“But those who struggled for democracy did not do it to have it wrong at the mercy of the Senate President.
“Also, pending before the Senate was a request by Mr President for Virement. Recall that I had earlier spoken about the distortions in the budget and to correct some of those distortions, the President decided to ask for Virement.“Saraki adjourned the Senate without considering that Virement.”
Reacting in reaction to all said, the Senate president through his special Adviser (media), Yusuph Olaniyanu played down the APC Chairman’s Allegations and instead insist the Senate president would not step down saying a thousand men in the mould of the APC chairman could not remove him as Senate president
The statement read in part “We hereby assure this garrulous, tactless and reckless APC chairman that a million of Adams Oshiomhole cannot remove Saraki as Senate President. His illegal plots, can only feed his insatiable ego and keep him awake at nights. But it will remain an exercise in futility.
He said Oshiomhole by his conduct and utterances, needed to do more to convince Nigerians that his desperate desire to become party chairman was not simply to feed his over-sized ego.
“The position of Oshiomhole and his cohorts in the APC that the Senate President must resign is a mere wishful thinking.
“They will continue to dream about their planned removal of the Senate President. They will need 73 Senators to lawfully remove Dr Saraki and they will never get that in the present eight Senate.
“The argument of APC that the Senate President must come from a majority party; that the Senate Presidency is their crown and National Assembly is their palace is only supported by ignorance and dangerous delusion.
“First, the issue of which party is in the majority will only be resolved when the Senate resume.
“Two, Section 50 (1) (a) of the constitution is clear that any Senator can be elected as Senate President. If the only thing left of the APC change agenda is to change the Senate President we can only wish them good luck.”