The upper legislative chamber says any plot to remove Senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate President would fall flat on its face, because he currently enjoys the confidence of members and has ensured stability in the current Senate.
Newsworth recalls that the lawmaker representing Bauchi Central, Isah Misau, had alleged that a minister was spearheading a move to remove the Senate President because of his alleged plan to defect from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“When we were on holiday, so many people were going behind that they should try and remove the senate president. During this holiday, a minister was spearheading that thing.
“What is the reason? They said the Senate president would leave APC, that they should create problems for him (Saraki). What kind of country is this? Everything is about religion, about tribe,” Misau had said.
Addressing reporters at the weekend, the Senate spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, said the 109 senators have the right to choose their leaders by election, and had done so in line with the relevant laws.
“Nobody can remove Saraki. We elected him and we are not ready to remove him yet. From day one, they never wanted Saraki. What we are saying is that the right to choose the Senate President lies with senators and we have chosen our leader.
“From everything he has been doing as chairman of the National Assembly and as President of the Senate, he has provided stability. He has not only brought this to the National Assembly, but the entire country.
“The true face of democracy is the parliament and since Saraki came in, we have not failed this democracy.”
Abdullahi maintained that it was in the interest of Nigeria that the stability in the National Assembly be allowed to endure so that all hands can be on deck to tackle the challenges in the country.
On the recent move by the House of Representatives to amend the Electoral Act, which effected changes in the election order, the Senate spokesman said the conference committee set up to reconcile the differences between the versions of the Senate and the House, would meet this week.
“The key issues have been debated and agreed upon. All that is remaining is to bring the two chambers together through the conference committee by next week, as the areas of contention are not much.
“And I believe they will work together to make sure that we have an agreeable component that the Nigerian people will be happy that we are deepening the electoral process,” he said.
Abdullahi expressed optimism that the harmonisation would not exceed two weeks, adding that: “what we did was transparent; INEC was part of it. People with interest were part of it. Since we are passing what is popular, the presidency too should not take time in assenting to it.
“If the president decides to veto the bill, we will know what to do when we get to that bridge. For now, I do not envisage that extreme situation. This is a democracy.
“I am hoping that we work based on a consensus. At the end of the day, we should be able to agree. The interest of Nigerians is paramount and we will not take it for granted.”