Wednesday, 10 June 2015

How President Buhari, Orji, APC, Others React to Senator Saraki's new Position



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President Buhari while reacting in a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, said he would have preferred that the APC process of electing leaders been followed.

Senator Bukola Saraki had emerged as Senate President, while Hon. Dogara won the position of House of Representative Speaker. Although both men are members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) they are not backed by the Party according to an official statement by the APC.
Speaking through a statement issued by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the president would have preferred that the APC process of electing leaders been followed.
"Nonetheless the President took the view that a constitutional process has somewhat occurred.”
Buhari had said in an earlier statement noted that he did not have any preferred candidate for the Senate and the House of Representatives, stressing that he was willing to work with whoever the lawmakers elected.
Adesina stressed that the main concerns of President Buhari are the stability of our constitutional order and overall interest of the common man and called on all the elected representatives of the people to focus on the enormous task of bringing enduring positive change to the lives of Nigerians.
Recalled that Senator Bukola Saraki, backed by some aggrieved senators of the APC and those of the PDP, who earlier endorsed him "emerged" as the President of the Senate, where 57 senators were present at the National Assembly’s election  presided over by the Clerk of the National Assembly, while 51 majority members of APC were meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the International Conference Center, which not even later held.
The action of the Kwara state senator was in a revolt against the party hierarchy which had chosen a different candidate for the office of Senate president.
Present at the election were some PDP leaders led by Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, who earlier met him overnight and plotted his election pairing him with the current winner of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu of the PDP.
It was also witnessed by notable APC senators led by former Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State, Dino Melaye, Shabba Lafiagi and Sanni Yerima Bakura.
But in a swift reaction, the All Progressives Congress (APC), described the election as totally unacceptable and the highest level of indiscipline and treachery conducted inauguration of the National Assembly that led to the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively.
”Senator Bukola and Hon. Dogara are not the candidates of the APC and a majority of its National Assembly members-elect for the positions of Senate President and House Speaker.
The party duly met and conducted a straw poll and clear candidates emerged for the posts of Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, supported by a majority of all Senators-elect and members-elect of the House of Representatives.
All National Assembly members-elect who emerged on the platform of the party are bound by that decision. The party is supreme and its interest is superior to that of its individual members,” the party said in a statement issued in Abuja Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
”Consequently, the APC leadership is meeting in a bid to reestablish discipline in the party and to mete out the necessary sanctions to all those involved in what is nothing but a monumental act of indiscipline and betrayal to subject the party to ridicule and create obstacles for the new administration ” it said.
APC decried a situation in which some people, based on nothing but inordinate ambition and lack of discipline and loyalty, will enter into an unholy alliance with the very same people whom the party and indeed the entire country worked hard to replace and sell out the hard won victory of the Party.
”There can be no higher level of treachery, disloyalty and insincerity within any party,” the party said, vowing to resolve the matter using all constitutional and legal means available to it. Meanwhile, the APC has asked all its loyal Senators-elect to please report to the Senate to be sworn-in in order to discharge their constitutional duties”, APC concluded.
Also reacting, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State commended the lawmakers for exhibiting maturity and for the defence of legislative ethos in the choice of their leaders stressing that the outcome of the elections indicated that democracy had come of age in Nigeria, and the doctrine of the independence of the legislature was gradually taking firm root.
Gov. Tambuwal, who emerged through same process while his then party, PDP attempted to stop him, admonished those who were unsuccessful in the contests to regard their actions as positive contributions to democratic process and accept their defeat in good faith.
He equally urged Nigerians to rally round the new leadership for them to execute their mandates.
In a similar vein, a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has congratulated the newly-elected leaders, urging them to see their elections beyond the interests of their respective political parties.
Atiku, in a statement, noted that with the elections of its presiding officers, the eight assembly should swing to work and put the overall national interest beyond the personal political interests of its members.
His words: “The Nigerian people look up to the new National Assembly to work with the executive arm in finding solutions to the problems of insecurity, poverty, illiteracy and joblessness in the country.
“Their election is indeed a call to duty, and it is a call for which they cannot afford to fail the nation.”
Also speaking, a former Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Rowland Owie said: ‘’I congratulate my colleagues for making the legislative arm proud by the way they elected the new leaders of the red chamber.
“It is only in a democracy that the legislative arm exists and that is what gives a government anywhere in the world democratic status.
“Therefore, responsible legislators all over the world must guard jealously the independence of the judiciary. I congratulate distinguished Senator Saraki and distinguished Senator Ekweremadu on their elections.”
Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, said: ‘’The honourable members and distinguished Senators have clearly demonstrated that lawmakers need not be divided along party lines, when it comes to matters concerning the country’s interest and the people’s welfare.
Likewise, Sen. Theodore Orji (PDP-Abia) has ascribed the emergence of Sen. Bukola Saraki as the President of the Senate as a proof that politics is all about negotiation and not war. Orji, who spoke to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday after the adjournment of the first session of the 8th Senate, said that with negotiation, things work out better.
He expressed confidence that the new Senate President would stabilise the Red Chamber just like former Senate president David Mark had done.
“What has happened today has shown us that politics is all about negotiation. It is not war always. When you negotiate, you give and take and things will work out well for us. “He, Saraki, will stabilise the Senate. That is one of the major functions that he has to do.
“The new Senate President has said it; he will stabilise the Senate and when you stabilise the hallowed chamber, you have stabilised the country.” He said that the PDP decided to look beyond the political platform of Sen. Saraki, supported his personality and qualities which was why the party gave him the support.



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