The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed yesterday disclosed that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in 2015 set a time bomb waiting to explode by allowing Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, emerge as the Deputy Senate President.
Speaking during an advocacy visit to the Blueprint newspapers in Abuja, he said, “The seed of discord we are witnessing in the National Assembly today was sowed when Sen. Bukola Saraki installed himself as Senate President against the wish of the party…
“By making PDP as Deputy Senate President, the APC is done for. This is a danger and time bomb waiting to happen.
“It is legitimate for the party to say, if you leave my party upon which you ride to become Senate President it is only right for Saraki to leave the party,’’ he said.
The minister maintained that what transpired in 1979 when a Speaker of the House of Representatives emerged from the minority party was entirely a different scenario, stressing that “The practice all over the world is that the party with majority will determine the leadership of the Assembly”.
“The 1979 being used as justification was not correct because the NPN was unable to have majority in the House and therefore merged with NPP.
“The NPN and the NPP sat together and agreed that while NPN takes control of the Senate the NPP will take control of leadership of the House of Representatives,’’ Mohammed said.
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