- Senator Abdullahi Adamu declared that Senate president's seat is for the majority party
- Adamu noted that he has every right to contest for the position because he is qualified
- He, however, said nobody has formally declared that there is a vacant seat in the Senate
Abdullahi Adamu, the chairman of the Senate committee on Agriculture and former governor of Nasarawa state, declared that the Senate president's seat belongs to the All Progressive Congress (APC) because it is the majority party in the upper house of legislature.
Leadership reports that Adamu also said he has every right to contest for the Senate president seat because he is qualified, but he has no desire to do so adding that nobody has declared formally that there is a vacant seat in the upper house of legislature.
He said: ''Unfortunately in this situation, if I have that amount, maybe I will look different from the way I look today. I have the right to contest for the senate president's seat because I am qualified, but I have no desire to do so. I am not contesting with anybody.
''Nobody has declared formally that there is a vacant seat in the Senate leadership. What we are saying is that, they cannot be so greedy to leave our party and still go away with our crown. The Senate president seat is ours to wear because we are in the majority. Everywhere in the civilised world where democracy is practiced, it is the party with majority in parliament that takes the leadership position.
''So, the right to wear the crown is ours as APC. We want to see what magic they will do this time around to keep themselves in office. That was why Saraki was dragging his feet to leave a longtime ago.
''They have wanted to leave long before now. They were afraid that if they go, what happens to all the privileges he gets as number three citizen in this country. But now, they will begin to see that they have betrayed themselves and not the APC.
''They have abused the trust and have shown the world that, they are not worthy of the trust that Senators have given them. They are behaving like somebody who is in a quicksand, trying to wriggle himself out. So, we will just liken them to bad eggs.''
Senator Adamu also spoke about the recent gale of defection of some federal lawmakers including the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, saying he was not surprise.
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''Immediately after the elections to the 8th Senate, when we were to be inaugurated, he conspired with some Senators much to the chagrin of the APC and went into an illicit agreement with the PDP Senators, which gave birth to his election as Senate President.
According to him, ''On the date of that election, there were only 54 senators in the hallowed chamber, who purported to have elected him and the rest is history. We tolerated it because the party didn’t want anything that will destabilise governance. The president through his spokesman, Garba Shehu, accepted what had happened and said he will work with them. ''
''The party kept quiet all this while and for three years, they did not behave as if they were members of the APC. Everything the president wanted except it serves their own interest, they worked against it.
''I went to the party headquarters and had a press conference but people thought it was just politics among party members. But we knew it was more than that. We knew what was going on and now, time has proven us right. So they have left the APC for the PDP.
''But like one Hausa artiste put it, the situation is likened to somebody that was on a tree top and decide to jump from te branch and hold on to a leave, thinking it will make him safe. They have failed. I am not a prophet but I can tell you that if God will spare our lives, they will regret what they have done. ''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Senate president Bukola Saraki described members of the ruling APC as characters he would not want to descend into the gutter with.
Saraki made the statement on Thursday, August 9, in response to comments credited to Yekini Nabena, the party’s acting national publicity secretary, that the senate leader was not fit to lead the upper chamber.
Speaking through his spokesperson, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said the ruling party had not recovered from the attempt to subvert democracy.
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