- Prof Itse Sagay has asked Dr Bukola Saraki to vacate his position as Senate president, for the sake of morality
- He insisted that Saraki’s refusal to step down is a moral issue, even though the constitution does not specify that the Senate president must be from the majority party
- According to Sagay, if Saraki is a man of honour and integrity, who has self-respect, he should not remain in office
Senate President Bukola Saraki has been asked by Prof Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, to vacate his seat for the sake of morality.
Sagay made the call during an interview with Punch on Thursday, August 9.
NAIJ.com gathers that the legal luminary said it was an aberration, anywhere in the world, to have a Senate president who is a member of the minority party.
He urged Saraki to vacate his seat and re-contest the position in 2019, if he wins on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said: “Saraki’s refusal to step down is a moral issue. The constitution does not specify that the Senate president must be a member of the majority party. All it states is that the majority of those sitting at the Senate will elect a Senate president.
“But by convention, there is no party that is in the majority that will allow a member of the minority party to lead. Now that he has crossed over to the PDP, he is morally bound to step aside and then re-contest as a PDP candidate.
“I am advising him to step down. Morally, he has no right to be there and if he is a man of honour and integrity, who has self-respect, he should not remain in office.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Prof Itse Sagay said that Bukola Saraki can still keep his position as Senate president despite defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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.
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