- Ahmed Makarfi, one of the PDP presidential aspirants has cautioned those calling for the resignation of Senate president Bukola Saraki
- Makarfi said Saraki should not be compelled to resign because of his defection from the ruling APC to the opposition PDP
- He noted that the Senate president was elected based on the provisions of the constitution and not based on any party
The former caretaker chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmed Makarfi, said those clamoring for the resignation of Senate president Bukola Saraki, due to his defection to the party should know that it is unconstitutional.
The Punch reports that Makarfi said those working against Saraki should leave him adding that he was elected based on the provisions of the constitution and not based on party.
NAIJ.com gathered that he made this known on Saturday, August 4, during his visit to the PDP secretariat in Minna, Niger state as he continued his presidential campaign for the forthcoming PDP primaries.
Makarfi told those calling for the resignation of Saraki and Dogora to vacate their seats to read the constitution and leave them alone to carry out their duties in a well-dignified manner.
According to him, “The position of the presiding officers of the National Assembly, based on the constitution of Nigeria is an election of one among equals based on voting irrespective of party affiliation.
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“The constitution said that the Senators are to elect among themselves, it did not say that it must be from a majority party.
“Positions tied to party affiliation are the positions like the majourity and minority leaders and Chief Whips along with their deputies.
“Therefore Senator Bukola Saraki, Ike Ekweremadu, and Dogara should be left alone because they are elected based on the provision of the constitution and their continued stay irrespective of the party they belong to is constitutional, it is lawful and it is democratic.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that presidential aspirant of the PDP and caretaker chairman, Ahmed Markarfi said defectors who were welcomed to the party should not be given undue advantage to enjoy undeserved luxury in the party.
Makarfi said when the going was rough, most of the party members abandoned PDP, only to return and expect to be treated as royalties.
Makarfi made the statement while addressing the leadership of the Kogi State chapter of the party and other stakeholders Friday, August 3, in Lokoja.
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