Senate Leadership Not Party Positions, PDP Tells Oshiomhole

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has replied the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, saying the “Senate Leadership is not a party position”.

PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in a statement on Sunday.

“The Senate President and that of Deputy Senate President does not belong to political parties but to Nigerians, who elect persons into the seats through their elected representatives in the Senate”, he said.

Ologbondiyan’s comments come after repeated calls made by the APC for the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to resign his position following his defection from the ruling party to the opposition.

He added that “The Senate leadership can be changed by his orders as a factional chairman of a  political party, when the law is settled that such power is vested only on the two-thirds votes, representing 73 of the 109 senators”.

The party referred to the call as a means of destroying Nigeria’s democracy.

The party claimed that since “Oshiomhole assumed office, the nation has witnessed various constitutional infractions, like the invasion of Benue State House of Assembly, Ekiti State Government House by security agencies, the  harassment of federal legislators and persons perceived to be averse to APCs’ re-election bid; the siege at the residences of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu by security agencies as well as the recent invasion of the National Assembly by security operatives”.

The party further noted that the ruling party is fighting a lost battle and therefore, called on Nigerians to vote out the APC and return “our nation to the path of peace, national cohesion and economic prosperity, on the platform of the repositioned PDP, come 2019”.

Senate Leadership Meets With Service Chiefs

SenateThe Senate leadership has met with Service Chiefs to review the fight against Boko Haram in the north eastern part of Nigeria.

The meeting was however held behind closed doors.

The meeting between the Senate leadership and the Service Chiefs may be connected with the recent terrorist attacks in Dalori, Borno State where over 60 people were killed and many injured.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, revealed that the Senate leadership held frank discussions with the Service Chiefs and reviewed the security situation in the northeast.

On January 30, suicide bombers launched an attack on Dalori village in Borno State, killing over 60 persons.

There have been conflicting reports about the death toll.

The National Emergency Management Agency has put the death toll at 65 which is less than the earlier figure of 85, given after the attack.

Senate Leadership: A Democratic Revolution Against Imposition – APC Member

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(L-R) Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

A member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki, as the President of the upper chamber, was a democratic revolution against the imposition of candidates on party members.

Senator Saraki emerged the President of the Senate, contrary to the choice of the party in a straw election.

On Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television’s programme, Mr Oladimeji Fabiyi, commended Senator Saraki for his intervention and for standing his ground to ensure that the planned imposition of a candidate on the members of the party did not succeed.

He claimed that there was a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari to the Clerk of the National Assembly, urging the Senate to hold the inauguration as scheduled.

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Oladimeji Fabiyi, a member of the All progressives Congress, believes the Senate President’s election followed laid down rules.

His claims contradict earlier claims by some Senators of the APC, who did not take part in the election that brought in Senator Saraki, that the President had requested that the time for the election should be shifted, as he had called a meeting of the Senators to discuss the election.

But since the number of Senators present at the Assembly Complex as at 10:00am scheduled time was enough to form a quorum, the Senators carried on with the election.

Revolution Against Imposition

The party and some Senators absent expressed displeasure with the process, saying it was treacherous and that they will challenge the outcome in court.

“I do not think there is going to be any issue. What happened at the National Assembly was a democratic revolution against imposition and we accept it at this very time.

“We will stand by that. We should be busy with the challenges we have as a nation.

“The President knew he may not be around at the time the inauguration will hold, so he sent a proclamation, asking the Clerk to go ahead with the inauguration, as scheduled.

“It is democracy in progress. In any democratic process, we are bound to see this kind of a thing. It is not an issue of minority having its way. At the inauguration, 58 Senators were there, more than the number required to form a quorum,” Mr Fabiyi stressed.

Also giving his opinion about the outcome of the election held on Tuesday, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party and the House of Representatives, Tijani Yusuf, said his party showed magnanimity by allowing the APC to get the position of the Senate President, emphasising that his party would have taken advantage of the division in the ruling party and usurp the Senate leadership.

“The PDP has the number and should have taken it because of the division in the APC over the candidate to present.

“Requirement for a quorum in the Senate is 37. We are presently 107 Senators and PDP has 48 Senators APC has 59. Even with the whole senators on ground, the DPD will contest and still win, since the APC will have divided votes,” he claimed.

Senator Yusuf said the election was legitimate, explaining that some of the Senators claiming no election was held signed the attendance register before the left for the supposed meeting with the President.

He, however, urged the APC to focus on governance, as Nigerians are looking up to them to fulfil their promises.

Senate Presidency: Groups Support Saraki With Prayers

senator bukola sarakiThe race for Senate leadership is getting more interesting as people from different groups and religious affiliations offer prayers to God, to ensure the victory and emergence of Dr Bukola Saraki as the next Senate President.

While the All Progressives Congress (APC) championed the cause, Dr Saraki has also said that he is hopeful of becoming the next Senate President.

The prayer session was started by the Kwara South chapter of the APC where representatives from seven local governments converged at Ajjase Ipo, the headquarters of Irepodun Local Government to seek the blessings of God for the emergence of Dr. Saraki as the President.

The State Chairman of the party, Ishola Balogun Fulani, noted that the Senator is qualified to hold the position, having served as the Chairman of the Governors Forum meritoriously.

He also appealed to the party leadership to zone the post to North Central and other Senators to support Saraki for the coveted post.

Pastor Bisi Oyewo, who led the Christians, expressed belief that Dr. Saraki has contributed immensely to the growth and success of the party and ought to be rewarded with the post of the Senate President.

While playing host to traditional rulers from Kwara Central which comprises of Magajis and Alanguas, the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who spoke in Yoruba, urged the royal fathers to intensify their prayers for Saraki’s emergence as the President of the Senate.

Buhari Commends ‘Good Neighbours’ Niger

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The President Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu buhari, has commended the President and people of Niger Republic for being good neighbours to Nigeria.

Speaking in Abuja shortly after hosting the President of Niger, Mr Mahamadou Issoufou, to a meeting held behind closed doors.

Buhari said that the continued existence of Nigeria as a united nation is for the good of other African countries.

He said that citizens of Nigeria, Niger and some other countries would have been one people, were it not for the scramble and partition of Africa by the Europeans.

President Mahahadou Issoufou had earlier met with President Jonathan in the Presidential Villa, where he commended President Jonathan’s statesmanship saying President Jonathan has always conducted himself in a very humble manner, adding that the ECOWAS leaders will forever remember him for that.