5 Interesting Things Saraki Said During His World Press Conference
Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday, August 8th addressed a world press conference to talk about Tuesday’s blockade of the National Assembly Complex by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Saraki also used the occasion to address some issues surrounding his political future.
Here are five interesting issues Saraki talked about during the event.
1. APC Did Not Make Me Senate President
There have been persistent calls by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for him to relinquish his official position as Senate President given the fact that he recently defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Saraki during the event declared that his occupation of the office was not ceded to him by the APC but through an election by senators.
Responding to a question on the matter, he said, “I was not made the Senate President solely by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), but through my contest and victory in the election of the Senate presidency conducted by the upper chamber.
“It was a mandate by all the lawmakers from different political platforms.
“The position by the rule of the parliament is not a preserve of any political party but the collective majority of individual members of the parliament across party lines.”
“Our Constitution says members of the National Assembly who so wish [shall elect a President]… it does not say you have to come from the majority party. There are those that know that.”
2. Saraki Agrees To Vacate Seat On One Condition
Saraki says he is willing to vacate the seat as Senate President as he is not desperate to stay in office.
However, a condition has to be met:
His removal must be done by two-third majority of the upper chamber.
“The day two-third of our members no longer have confidence in us, we will leave this place."
Saraki got a platter-of-gold opportunity to formally declare his widely-rumoured presidential ambition, but he allowed the opportunity to pass away.
A journalist from Reuters had asked him if he would contest the 2019 presidential election.
Responding, Saraki said: “We are here today about the issue of democracy of this country; that is why we’re here.
“That is more important to me and to all of us who are here — not to those who are seeking any kind of platform. I think when the time is right, I will talk on the issue.
“Today, we’re talking about democracy in Nigeria, to ensure the rule of law, to defend those who are oppressed…”
4. Siege On NASS Meant To Impeach Me
Saraki confirmed people's belief that the total lockdown of the National Assembly on Tuesday was meant to impeach him illegally.
He, however, declared that “despite the threat to his life he would continue to fight for the growth of democracy in Nigeria,” saying that there was no going back.
5. Saraki Was Full of Praises For Osinbajo
Again, Saraki was full of praises for Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday.
Saraki only last week commended Osinbajo for the roles he played in persuading him not to leave the APC.
This was how Saraki thanked Osinbanjo for sacking the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura.
Mr. Acting President did the right thing.
“I thank the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for his handling of the situation we were all confronted with yesterday.
”His decisive action went a long way towards restoring confidence.”
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