Quit As Senate President Or else , Adamu Abdullahi to Saraki


A senator, Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa), has faulted the defection of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Adamu, who made this known in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Friday, said “Saraki had stepped on banana peel and should be prepared to bear the consequences of his action.”
Messrs Adamu and Saraki, former political allies, have been antagonists since the former accused the senate president of working against the interest of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr Saraki earlier in the week attacked Mr Adamu, saying he was a deceptive, manipulative and desperate liar.
“He feels the best way to play his self-survival game and ingratiate himself to the government in order to save his skin is for him to be seen to be fighting Saraki, even if that would require him to tell brazen lies and peddle mischief in his old age,” Me Saraki said of the Nasarawa senator who had repeatedly criticised him.
In his Friday statement on the senate president, Mr Adamu said, “If Saraki knows political intricacies and the political terrain or the path where the banana peel in political landscape is, he will be more cautious.
“The way he is going now, he has obviously stepped on banana peel and only God knows how far he will slip.
“I will not pretend. I think he made a mistake and he took a wrong decision. He will have stories to tell along the line.
“It is not the best he could have done. He had a duty to his father to keep the flag of the family flying but the way he is going, I do not think he is doing that.”
He then urged Mr Saraki to step down to avert consequences, adding that “he should honourably return the crown or be ready to bear the consequences.”
Mr Adamu, who heads a pro-Buhari Support Group in the Senate, vowed that with the defection, it would not be business as usual.
He explained that “the defection of Saraki and the other lawmakers is a game changer.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu
“We expect them to do it amicably and peacefully. They should make sure they do not run away with our crown.
“If they think they will go and nothing will happen and that it will be business as usual, then they need to think again.
“I will not say whether we will take steps or not take steps. We hope that between now and resumption of Senate plenary, more events will unfold. We do not want to be in a hurry to speculate.”
The lawmaker, however, said that if Mr Saraki insisted on leading a Senate with majority of lawmakers from the APC, there would be repercussions.
On the belief that Mr Saraki did not do anything constitutionally wrong by defecting, and that there was a precedence where former Speaker of House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, defected but remained the Speaker, Mr Adamu said “it will not happen this time. We are more educated on the rules now.”
On gale of defections from the ruling party, Mr Adamu said he would not want any member to leave the party again, noting, however, that it was a free world and everyone was at liberty to join the party of his or her choice.
Apart from Mr Adamu, some other APC senators like Ali Ndume have also called for Mr Saraki’s resignation. The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has also made a similar call.
Mr Saraki, who Thursday attended a PDP executive council meeting in Abuja, has however insisted he would not resign. The APC would also face a herculean task to legally remove him from office based on the constitutional two-third requirement needed. Apart from enjoying the support of PDP senators, Mr Saraki also enjoys the support of many APC senators.


    Constitutional Lawyer and Human Rights Activist
    In law,there is no legal or constitutional basis for Dr Bukola Saraki to resign or be removed as president of the Senate and Chairman of the NASS simply because he has decamped or defected from APC to PDP.The first point to make here is that section 68(1) of the 1999 Constitution provides inter alia,that any member of the 109 Senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives who loses his Nigerian citizenship,or is made a minister,or decamps from his political party to another party AUTOMATICALLY loses his seat.However,section 68(1)(g) of the same 1999 Constitution permits a legislator to decamp or cross carpet from his original party under whose platform he contested and won election,to a new party if he can show that there has occurred a division or factionalization of his original party,or that his party has merged with another party,or a faction of another party.It is a question of fact,not of law,if there exists a division in a party.In the case of APC,24 states held parallel congresses before the national convention.Can there be any better or stronger evidence of a division in a party? I think not.To add to the gravity of this internal implosion and vertical and horizontal schism,a new wing,r-APC emerged from the APC at the national level.It is headed by no less a person than Buba Galadima,a tested political strategist,Buhari’s right hand man and former Secretary of Buhari’s CPC.Although APC leadership had dismissed the breakaway factional members that have fecund Kassim Afegbua as their spokesman,the wind was removed from their sail when they commenced frantic fire brigade appeasement missions to the respective homes of these aggrieved members.
    They did these nichodemusly at wee hours of the night,even when they had claimed they would not lose sleep.They lost plenty sleep.The pandora box has since been broken as three governors,Senate president,15 Senators,over 40 House of Representatives members,Local government chairmen,Councillors,Commissioners,etc,have defected in droves to the PDP,and some few ones to ADC and SDP.And still counting…So, all the legislators,including Dr Bukola Saraki,are constitutionally covered and immuned from removal from office,because their APC party is eventually irredeemably broken into smithereens and totally factionalized.Must Saraki and Yakubu Dogara(I can bet he will soon defect ) lose their leadership positions as Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively by this defection? The answer is a categorical no.There is nowhere in the extant 1999 Constitution where it is provided that the ruling party must provide these principal heads of the bicameral legislature.Indeed,APC was lucky in June,2015,when Saraki,then in APC,was narrowly elected Senate President and Ike Ekweremadu of PDP as his deputy.It could have been the other way round as has happened many times in the USA,and heavens would not have fallen.Section 47 of the Constitution provides that the Senate shall consist of 109 members and the House of Representatives 360 members.By virtue of section 50(1)(A) of the Constitution,the president of the Senate and the Deputy President of the Senate shall be elected by members of the Senate.By section 50(1)(b),the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be elected by members of the House.There is nowhere it is stated that such officers must come from any political party,whether ruling,or opposition.The only circumstance in which the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives can lose his seat is provided for in section 50(2) of the same Constitution.It states,inter alia, that the president of the Senate,the Deputy President of the Senate,the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives shall vacate their offices through a resolution passed by 2/3rd majority votes of members.Consequently,for Saraki (and later,Dogara),to be removed,each of the houses needs 2/3rd majority votes. In the case of the Senate, that is a humongous 73 senators,and a whopping 240 members of the House of Representatives to remove Dogara. That is an impossible task under the present circumstances even if this corrupt government that feigns anti corruption war promises all the oil blocks and automatic tickets to the legislators.This is because its antecedents of self denial on everything it ever promised during campaigns makes it very untrustworthy to be believed on anything.In law,we call it similar facts.The last time I checked,APC and PDP stand shoulder to shoulder on membership,with each laying claim to numerical superiority.So,where will it achieve this talismanic constitutional superiority of 2/3 majority votes to sack Saraki and Dogara. It will not happen.Read my out.The deft Machiavellian and superior sagacious political acrobatics of Saraki and r-APC movement have left APC breathless and confused.They must go to the drawing board,a tabula rasa,if it hopes to snatch the burning kernel from the blazing inferno.The next weeks and months will be very interesting.My Kobo take.


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