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“Nigeria Is In Trouble With Saraki As Senate President” – Monday Ubani Laments

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“Nigeria Is In Trouble With Saraki As Senate President” – Monday Ubani Laments

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June 26, 2015 – “Nigeria Is In Trouble With Saraki As Senate President” – Ex-NBA Chairman, Monday Ubani Laments

There seems to be no let-up on the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC). The naming of principal officers for the Eighth Senate has added salt to the party’s wound. By refusing to honour the party’s position, Dr. Bukola Saraki has re-enacted the controversy that threw him up as Senate President on June 9.

Rather than read the letter written to the Senate by APC’s National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on the floor of the Upper Chamber on Wednesday, he ruled Senator Gbenga Ashafa, who brought up a motion on the matter, out of order.

The letter spelt out the party’s position and its choice candidates for principal offices in the Senate.

In it are the names of senators Ahmed Lawan (Northeast, Majority Leader); George Akume (Northcentral, Deputy Majority Leader); Prof. Sola Adeyeye (Southwest Chief Whip) and Abu Ibrahim (Northwest, Deputy Chief Whip).

A similar letter to House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, listed the names of preferred candidates for the principal offices in the lower legislative chamber. They are: Femi Gbajabiamila (House Leader), Southwest; Alhassan Ado Doguwa (Deputy House Leader), Northwest; M.T. Monguno (Chief Whip), Northeast and Pally Iriase (Deputy Chief Whip), Southsouth.

Saraki directed the caucuses in the senate to meet and submit their nominees for the principal offices. He discountenanced the chairman’s letter conveying the party position.

Before adjourning yesterday till July 21, Saraki named the principal officers.

Constitutional lawyer Prof Itse Sagay, (SAN), described Saraki’s defiance as a rebellion against the party.

“It is a rebellion against the process that brought him to the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly. It is the height of indiscipline that could lead to party’s collapse if care is not taken,” he said

Sagay went on: “The leadership of the APC should take the bull by the horn and discipline over ambitious Saraki. He should be expelled from the party before he destroyed it. Saraki has succeeded in destabilising the APC through his in-subordinate and confrontational attitude.

“The party should make its position known and stand by its nominees for the principal offices in the Senate. APC should call the bluff of arrogant and power conscious senate president.

“The party should not condone indiscipline. It should mete out severe punishment to Saraki and his co-travellers in the Senate who belong to the ruling party”.

Another lawyer, Monday Ubani, described Saraki’s posturing as very sad.

According to him, with what has played out again in the selection of principal officers, if Saraki has his way, and if he remains as Senate President, everything he does will favour members of the Senate and not the APC.

Ubani, a former Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja branch, said Saraki’s allegiance will be to the members of the Senate, particularly those who facilitated his emergence as Senate President.

The former NBA chair said: “His (Saraki’s) ambition has put him in a quagmire and he is ready to do the evil. He will not take directive from the party but from members. Saraki will go back to PDP sooner or later.

“APC is in trouble with such a man occupying that position. His disposition will affect the executive arm of government. With such a conservative element at the helm of the National Assembly, the change APC is working for will be perverted. Nigeria is in trouble.”

[The Nation]

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  1. murano

    June 26, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Atiku is stringly behind saraki and they plan to defect to pdp before 2019 election, APC is in big trouble .

  2. murano

    June 26, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Atiku is strongly behind saraki and they plan to defect to pdp before 2019 election, APC is in big trouble .

  3. Denis Ray Ogosi

    June 26, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    @ Ubani, a lovely writeup and kin observation, any reader who knows the disparity and political history of both parties will be quick to grasp what you are trying to convey, however, I only agree with you partially, this is because in Nigerian politics and governance the word Check and Balance is merely an idea and a concept, but with the present statusquo at the Senate and Presidency, we may see Check and Balance come into effectiveness, howbeit both parties are playing it, on the one hand they will definitely lean on party affiliations in making decisions, this party affiliation rivalry and conflict puts the Nigerian population in a better position to benefit, as decision will ultimately be centered on the people since both parties will oppose decisions that benefits them… that is my hypothesis anyways…

  4. IISAA MUHAMMAD

    June 26, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Saraki should be sanctioned and brought to justice. i wil never trust him. the same saraki(green snake) conived with dr. goodluck jonathan stating publicly that jebba to ilorin road has been constructed completely. the road that is taking many lives and properties uptil date. what has saraki done to us in kwara other than pursuing his selfish ambition? u shall not succeed in destroying nigeria the way u did to us here.

  5. IISAA MUHAMMAD

    June 26, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    I know u will soon oppose PMB soon, your ambition is to be president of nigeria one day. but you r not GOD, for you are planning but GOD has planed already. HE will not allow nigeria to fall into your hand. i will never trust you. EFCC pls come to our aid.

  6. chavo

    June 26, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Abeg,make una leave the man alone,haba! everyday Saraki,all of them re the same thing.

    • emma

      June 27, 2015 at 2:35 PM

      chavo, u are blessed for that comment. APC in question betray this man, b4 general election they promised him senate president and now they want to give it to another person ,I.e politic for u.

  7. ken chuks

    June 26, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    This is why Nigeria can’t change positively. The legislative arm should be left alone to do their work without any interference from any quarter, be it the party. Why are they so interested in a particular person. Is it the imposition of certain persons can they be able to give Nigerians what they deserve.

  8. LagLon

    June 27, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    eh? strange writeup. we need to go back to constitutional law and maths.
    1. the senate is the SENIOR house and a political entity where ALL regions send an equal number of members to represent the interests of the national. it is a political house but one that is meant to show balance. hence the senate itself via the regional caucuses determines its leadership – with ALL REGIONS irrespective of party affiliations represented. thus it cannot be that because i did not vote for a particular party that my representative/ region should not take a senior seat in the senate? thats not what that house is for… or what democracy is about. if a party wrote a letter saying that all members should come from 1 zone, would we follow it? hence the self regulating senate is trying to solve such problems..
    2. fundamentally is the letter or attempt at party imposition constitutional? could buhari write a letter? can i write a letter? what is the APC in the context of the senate? the apc’s sanctions lie outside of trying to impose its will on the senate and on kicking the member out of the party (which they still have not done …)
    mr saraki is an unsavoury chap with a colourful past ..but unfortunately he chose and worked to build the apc, he was elected a senator and he was elected senate president …that you do not like him means you must do what 46% gej voters are doing and swallowing democracy without sauce…

    relax it’ll calm down. saraki will do what pmb wants. he’s a obviously a very very smart cat indeed.

  9. Demola Olatunbosun

    June 27, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    What is happening @ the nat assemb is the handwork of God in ans to our prayer 4 change.if the so called supreme party leaders suceed in aving the nat ass in their pocket as they desire,it will not serve our common interest.

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