- There would be no peace in the Senate until Bukola Saraki resigns as Senate president, according to Senator Abu Ibrahim
- He said by conventions all over the world, the majority party produces the leadership; and pointed out that the APC is still the majority party in the Senate
- The lawmaker also debunked allegations that some senators attempted to break into the Senate chamber to reconvene plenary
Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC-Katsina South) has said that there would be no peace in the Senate until Senate president Bukola Saraki resigns from his current position.
Ibrahim, who is the chairman of the Senate committee on police affairs, made the comment during a chat with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, August 1, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com learnt that the lawmaker said the honourable thing for Saraki to do, since he had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), would be to relinquish his current position.
He said: “Well, I think it is commendable that he has left the party. He has chosen the path of survival because it is the issue of political survival, not anything for Nigeria. But, next is for him to resign as Senate president because by all conventions all over the world, the majority party produces the leadership: Senate president, the majority leader and others.
“Again, let him be gentleman enough and resign as Senate president. If he doesn’t (resign), we will never have peace in that Senate because it is absolutely clear that APC has majority to produce the leadership.
“I hear the PDP claiming majority but it is crystal clear that APC has majority. We will have more members. We will have elections. We will have the two members. We also have some alliance with APGA. It is clear that APC has majority.
“APC with majority should produce the leadership in the Senate. 49 cannot produce the leadership. Saraki should go the whole hog and resign as Senate president.”
He also debunked allegations that some senators attempted to break into the Senate chamber on Wednesday to reconvene plenary.
Ibrahim stated: “How do you break into the chamber? If we like, we can reconvene legally, because it is legal for us to reconvene. We don’t need to break into the chamber when we have the number. I will never subscribe to that.
“We can reconvene; the rules are there that if we are up to 30, we can reconvene. Why should we break into the chamber when we can reconvene legally and do what we want to do? It is legal. I don’t see why anybody should contemplate that we can break into the chamber.
“I don’t know about it and even if I know about it, I will say it is unwise. Like I said, the rules are there that if we are 30, we can reconvene and do what we want to do.
“If the leadership does not ask for peace, it will not get peace. Peace is a function of leadership. I have been in the Senate for about four times. I can’t allow anybody to manipulate me. I can’t take it.
“Nobody was elected as Senate president. We all came here as senators. So we have equal footing. We gave you leadership. If you fail to give us the right leadership and if majority of us don’t want you any more, you have to leave. Saraki was elected by us. At any time majority of us say he should go, he has to go.”
In a related development, NAIJ.com previously reported that some senators belonging to the All Progressives Congress, called for the immediate resignation of Senate President Bukola Saraki after he quit the ruling party.
The senators said they will push for Saraki’s resignation, in response to the Senate president's exit from the party.
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