- Constitutional lawyer, Professor Itse Sagay, has reacted to Saraki's defection from APC to PDP
- He said that Saraki's defection would not affect his position as the Senate president
- Sagay, who is the chairman PACAC, however, said that Saraki can only be removed from the position by two-thirds of senators
The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), said that Bukola Saraki can still keep his position as Senate president despite defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).
The independent reports that he said Saraki can only be removed from the position by two-thirds of senators but added that the APC as the majority party would not want to concede the position to the PDP which is in the minority.
NAIJ.com gathered that the constitutional lawyer also noted that the APC which is in the majority in the Senate would not concede the post to a minority party as he (Saraki) conceded the position of deputy Senate president to PDP.
He said: "Yes, he can still keep his position as Senate president despite his defection. He can only be removed as Senate President if he is voted out by two-third of the majority.
“So, it doesn’t depend on what party you are in, any party can be there. Although, the majority party is not going to concede that post to a minority party as he (Saraki) conceded the position of Deputy Senate President to PDP. It is only when you are an arch-betrayer that you do that sort of thing.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, described the exit of Senate president, Bukol Saraki, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) as good for the party.
It was reported that Sagay said Saraki has worked against the party since he became Senate president and has been the source of the problem the party has faced. He said the APC will be stronger with Saraki’s exit.
“It is a cleansing process. To me, with Saraki’s exit, the last bad blood in the APC has been flushed out. So, the APC is strengthened and is not going to be pulled down.
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“This man right from the beginning was the source of all the problems of APC. The way he got into the presidency of the senate by subterfuge, by selling off APC’s deputy senate presidency position in senate and then forming alliance with the opposition PDP to torture the government of his own party and betray them left, right and centre.
“He has been a terrible millstone on the neck of APC. So, with his exit, APC will be lighter, stronger and better positioned and be free from internal enemy", he had said.
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