- Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has declared that Senator Bukola Saraki must vacate his seat has the Senate president
- Agege is a member of the Parliamentary Support Group
- He said APC senators have requested Saraki to do the honourable thing by resigning his position
Bukola Saraki must resign from his position as Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege, the senator representing Delta central senatorial district, has insisted.
Omo Agege who is a member of the Parliamentary Support Group, a body of federal lawmakers loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this in an interview with Punch.
He said APC senators have requested Saraki to do the honourable thing by resigning his position.
"Our position is very clear. The moment Saraki defected from the APC to the minority party, he no longer has the moral, political and legal rights to remain as the Senate President. We have requested of him to step down. We have requested him to do the honourable thing, to do the needful by stepping down. It is a request we are going to continue to make and any opportunity we have, we are going to insist that he must step down.
"When we get to that bridge we will deal with it. Saraki knows that he cannot continue to preside over that Senate. Nobody is usurping his right as a sitting senator but that right to continue to preside as the Senate president is what we are questioning. People need to understand that the Senate President seat is not a birthright of Saraki. Anybody from the majority party can aspire to become the Senate president.
"I do not see why anytime the call is made that Saraki should step down, people now equate that call with an attack on democracy, as if Saraki is now synonymous with democracy. Indeed, he is not and he must step down. He cannot continue to preside over that Senate," he said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleged that the pressure by the Presidency for the reconvening of the Senate was out of a sinister motive to arrest and impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
The party insisted that the call to reopen Senate had nothing to do with any emergency in the approval of the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2019 elections as claimed.
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