Admin l Wednesday, August 08, 2018
ABUJA, Nigeria – President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has called the bluff of the ruling All Progressive Congress(APC) calling on him to resign as President of the Senate. Speaking at a press conference in Abuja today, Saraki said he will remain in power as long as he enjoys the support of his colleagues in the National Assembly.
He said he will step aside if two-thirds of senators passed a vote of no confidence in him and that he was not a power monger as is being said in certain quarters.
“I will not give in (to pressure). I will not. I was elected by members,” he said and that he is not
‘Not desperate for power’
Saraki noted that it is a matter of record that yesterday, lawmakers and staff of the National Assembly were prevented from entering the @nassnigeria Complex by heavily armed security agents of the Department of State Services (DSS).
“ All entries to the Complex were blocked. The National Assembly, the seat of democracy in Nigeria, was under lockdown. Senators and Members of the House of Representatives were prevented from gaining access”, he said, adding that the standoff was a show of shame that played itself out over several hours in full view of the country.
He said in no circumstances should this have been allowed to happen. “And we as a nation reaped the bitter fruits instantaneously as evident in media images relayed around the world, images that shame us as a democratic nation.
“The siege was also an act of cowardice by those seeking to carry out an illegal impeachment of the leadership of the Senate in flagrant disregard of the law.
“People who seek control at all costs, by whatever means, never minding the injury to democratic norms. I have to say that this is not about me – Abubakar Bukola Saraki as an individual. It is not about Ike Ekweremadu, nor is it about Yakubu Dogara,” he said.