- The APC said it will make its decision on Bukola Saraki's fate as Senate president
- The party, however, said it will follow democratic processes
- It promised not to undermine the rule of law
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that it will determine if Senator Bukola Saraki will retain his position as Senate president or not.
The Punch reports that the national vice chairman of the APC (South South), Hilliard Eta, said this in reaction to allegation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that they were trying to force a change of leadership in the Senate.
It insisted that it remains a democratic party and will not try to undermine democratic processes
Eta said: “We in the APC are progressives; the concept and principle of progressivism is that the ordinary man must be at the epicentre of all policies and actions of our government.
“As a party, we are not all senators; we have senators in the Senate. Saraki was elected as the President of the Senate by senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is the senators that will decide whether Saraki remains their president or not.
“But I can say this, there are no factions in the APC, we have one national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, nothing has happened to give any clue to factionalisation in our party and the constitution is very clear as to the grounds upon which defections can occur.
“For us as a party, we will defend the law and the constitution of this country. The PDP I am told would do everything in their power to defend Saraki, we will do everything legitimately to defend the laws of the land and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria."
Meanwhile, Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC-Katsina South) has said that there would be no peace in the Senate until 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.
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