The Senate declared on Sunday that it remained very firm in support of its President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and ruled out possibilities of removing him before the end of his tenure in June 2019.
It confirmed that some highly placed persons within and outside the government had been very uncomfortable with Saraki’s emergence as Senate President adding that those persons had never rested in their efforts to get Saraki removed.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, who made this confirmation to journalists in Abuja, insisted that any plot to remove the Senate President from office would fail because Senators have no problem with him.
Last week, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Isah Hamman Misau, had alleged at during plenary session of the Senate that a serving minister was leading a move to impeach Saraki.
Missau who disclosed this when lawmakers debated the spate of killings in various parts of the country, did not however name the minister involved.
Missau had said: “When we were on holiday, so many people were going behind to plot the removal of the Senate President. During this holiday (Christmas and New Year recess), it was a minister that was spearheading that thing. What is the reason? They said that the Senate President would leave APC and that they should create problems for him (Saraki). What kind of country is this? Everything is about religion and about tribe,” Misau had alleged.
The Senate Spokesperson revealed that since June 9, 2015 when Saraki emerged as Senate President, some highly placed individuals who were vehemently opposed to his emergence as the nation’s Number Three citizen had continued to exploit several political opportunities in their bid to actualise the agenda.
In the bulid up to the emergence of National Assembly Presiding Officers in 2015, The governing All Progressives Congress (APC), had backed Ahmad Lawan for the position, a move that was opposed by lawmakers who later elected Saraki.
Abdullahi said: “Nobody can remove Saraki. We elected him and we are not ready to remove him. From day one, they never wanted Saraki. What we are saying is that, the right to choose the Senate President lies with senators and we have chosen our leader.
He further said : “From everything he has been doing as Chairman of the National Assembly and as President of the Senate, he has provided stability. He has not only brought this to the National Assembly, but the entire country. The true face of democracy is the parliament and since Saraki came in, we have not failed this democracy.”