related ‘If Saraki is removed, PDP will produce the next Senate President’ - Report

‘If Saraki is removed, PDP will produce the next Senate President’ - Report

Peoples Democratic Party members of the Nigerian Senate have began to put measures in place that will see the party produce the next Senate President if the present SP, Bukola Saraki is removed as a result of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

According to Punch Newspapers, The PDP members met for several hours on Monday night to make further decisions on the issue.

Speaking on the development, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaboshi, said: “Should the incumbent, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, be forced to vacate the office, we have perfected necessary arrangements to take over the upper chamber.”

He further stated that the PDP was ready to mirror the system obtainable in the USA, where the Democrats are in charge of the executive and Republicans hold sway in the parliament.

“Well, I wish the APC the best of luck if they are on a wild goose chase. But I want you to mark what I am saying. I was the first to address the press in Port Harcourt and I told them that Saraki was going to win the Senate Presidency and I gave them my reasons.”

“Then, nobody ever thought that Saraki was going to win. People were saying that APC had decided. But it was clear to me that he was going to win and I had to address the press. Eventually, we went there, he won. If, but God forbids, because we don’t see it coming, by chance, Saraki is removed, I can tell you that the PDP will produce the next Senate President.”

“The calculation is very clear to me; the calculation is very clear to the PDP. When I told them that Saraki was going to win, I did a lot of mathematical calculations based on the facts on the ground and it is even clearer to me now that the PDP will win it.”

“If anybody is thinking that a PDP man is going to vote against a PDP candidate, he is telling you a lie. We have people and we know how to get the people from the APC. We will win and that will be very interesting. What is happening in America is going to happen in Nigeria. America has a Republican Senate but the executive is led by Democrats.”

“In any case, my party, the PDP, we have resolved in our meeting to support him (Saraki). So, there is no basis for him to resign.”

Meanwhile, the APC senators, during a meeting held last week at the house of a former Sokoto State Governor, Senator Aliyu Wammako, in Abuja, resolved not to allow the PDP take over the red chamber.

Senator Kabir Marafa, spokesperson of Unity Forum – a group of senators that have consistently opposed Saraki’s candidacy – had stated that: “We sat for four days last week, brainstormed, agreed and at the end of the day, we came out with a three-point agenda. We felt if they are agreed upon, the APC caucus in the National Assembly can become one.”

“Number one issue is the illegality of our committees. We said we must constitute the committees in tune with the Standing Orders of the Senate. Number two is that the APC members, especially the Unity Forum elements, who are marginalised in the formation of the committees, should be accommodated.”

“Number three is the issue of leadership and how it affects our party. President Muhammadu Buhari talked about party supremacy and how we must obey. These are the three issues that were deliberated upon.”

“Number one item in the list was agreed upon. We agreed that we will amend the rules to accommodate all committees of the Senate. Number two on the agenda was also agreed upon; that is the issue of committees, with a view to giving our party members what they deserve.”

“We have a government in place and we are senators elected with that government. We are under the same canopy. We have a moral duty to support our government, President and our party.”

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