Nobody Can Remove Our President – Senate Says

THE upper legislative chamber has stated that nobody can remove its president, Bukola Saraki.

This is coming from the chamber’s spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi.

Senator Isah Misau, representing Bauchi Central Senatorial district had recently alleged that a minister was fronting the removal of Mr. Saraki while they went for the Christmas and New year holiday stating that their reason was that the Senate President may leave the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Reacting, Abdullahi, speaking with reporters at the weekend, noted that any plot to remove Saraki from his position would fail.

“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 said.

Meanwhile, HEADLINE understands that the National Assembly and the Presidency might be in for another showdown over the recent amendments of the Electoral Act which seeks to reorder the schedule of elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has placed the presidential election before the Assembly elections, but the Senate and the House of Representatives are planning to change that.

Lawmakers want the Assembly elections to come first. The thinking is that if the Assembly elections come first, the winners may inspire a “bandwagon” effect, which may swing the presidential election.

In other words, the party with the majority in the National Assembly is likely to carry the day in the presidential election.

The House of Representatives recently passed its version of the amendment to the Electoral Act and concurred with the Senate to put the Presidential election last.

The Presidency is believed to be unsettled with that arrangement.

The Senate, which last year passed its own version, immediately set up a panel to meet with the House to agree on a joint position.

Abdullahi said the panel 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.