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SARAKI VS OSHIOMOLE


OSHIOMHOLE TO SARAKI: Resign Honourably or be Impeached

SARAKI TO OSHIOMOLE: Impeachment Plan Is Mere “Wishful Thinking”

Excerpts from Press Conference held by APC National Chairman and Published by Sumner Shagari Sambo:

Without going back to ancient history, it is important to look at how Senator Bukola Saraki became the President of the Senate. He decided, clearly, against the party position to enter into a deal with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and got a faction of the PDP, taking advantage of the fact that majority of the APC senators were holding a meeting at the International Conference Centre to resolve the issue of leadership of the senate and other principal officers that are expected to be produced by the ruling party with majority senators.

 Because he has put his personal interest over and above the interest of the party, he went into alliance with the PDP and conceded the position of Deputy Senate President to the opposition in other to obtain their support for him to become the Senate President.

 So, for the first time in our democratic history in Nigeria, we had a situation whereby, whereas the APC had majority of Senators, it went on to elect a PDP person as Deputy Senate President. Nothing only this, he appointed opposition senators to head sensitive and strategic committees whose activities can affect either for good or for bad, the working of government and the relationship between the government and the legislature. 

The Senate under Senator Saraki chose to delay the budget up to the end of the first half of the year. As Senate President, he tried to conspire with others to create a semblance of division within the ruling party having failed to truncate the National Convention, when they assembled a handful of people who were neither delegates nor contestants for any office at the National Convention.

 However, upon his illegal defection, which he had to do hurriedly because the number of Senators he was playing on their fears that they will not be able to return to the Senate.

 At a point, he had on his list, about 36 Senators who were about to defect. But consequent upon our election, we took pre-emptive steps to reassure some of those senators. 

The first meeting we held after our election was with Senator Saraki to try and listen to what I called negotiable and verifiable grievances and this I did in company of the Vice President and he acknowledged that those steps were taken when he was leaving. When he defected, he went to Ilorin to tell the people part of the truth that he was leaving for two reasons. 

He alleged that President Buhari gave out over 200 juicy appointments without allocating some to him and he choose to speak for the Speaker of the House of Representatives that he was also not given. 

The second reason he gave was that he was being persecuted. the Senate was expected to discuss the supplementary budget for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). But the senate under Saraki adjourned without considering the matters before it including the budget for INEC.

 His attempt to use the incident at the National Assembly on Tuesday to portray himself as the conscience of the nation is to insult our collective intelligence as a people. Saraki is not going to be the first Senate President to be impeached and I doubt if he is going to be the last. But definitely, he will be impeached according to law and democratic norms. 

The only way he can avoid impeachment is for him to do what is honourable. He will not only be impeached, we will work hard to have him defeated as a Senator in his own Senatorial zone come 2019.

SARAKI' RESPONSE AS PUBLISHED BY CHANNELS TV:

 Oshiomhole’s Impeachment Plan Is Mere “Wishful Thinking” – Saraki Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that the position of the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, that he should be impeached is merely wishful thinking. 

A statement signed by his Special Assistant, Yusuf Olaniyonu, on Friday, said the APC will continue to dream about their plan to impeach him as they need 73 senators to lawfully remove him. 

“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,” Olaniyonu said.

 Furthermore, he said the argument of the APC that the Senate President must come from a majority party, that the Senate presidency is their crown and that the National Assembly is their palace, is only supported by ignorance and dangerous delusion. He explained that Section 50 (1) (a) of the constitution is clear that any Senator can be elected as Senate President. 

Olaniyonu also stated that it was hypocritical to think that the same APC had jubilated when Honourable Aminu Tambuwal retained his position after he defected from the PDP, even when his new party was in the minority. 

He, however, maintained that the issue of which party is in the majority will only be resolved when the Senate resumes. According to Olaniyonu, the fair distribution of the Committee chairmanship is one of the stabilizing factors in the 8th Senate and has helped it in achieving more than all its predecessors.

 He, therefore, stated that all efforts by the APC chairman to impeach the Senate President will remain an exercise in futility. “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,” the statement read in part.

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