JUST IN: APC Senators Agree Not To Impeach Saraki
If you are expecting that the impeachment of Senator Bukola Saraki is the next drama that you will see in the Senate, you may have to just abandon that thought.
The Senate resumed plenary on Tuesday after an over two months recess and started with a closed-door meeting of the Executives.
It was a resumption long expected and one that had also been postponed several times.
But this time, it was meant to begin.
Interest in the resumption had increased, with the defection of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the songs of impeachment by the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole.
Few days into the long recess, the Senate President defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and even the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, followed suit.
It became necessary that the Senate Executive hold a meeting on Tuesday before the proper plenary began.
National Interest Takes Precedent
Dr. Saraki had announced at plenary that the the Executive Session deliberated on the workings of the Nigerian Senate in particular and the National Assembly in general.
However, insiders from the meeting revealed to Bounce News that the lawmakers of the red chamber promised to put aside politics and not "allow external forces and influence to cause disaffection, disturbance or crisis within the legislature".
The source said: "The members agreed to give peace a chance and avoid allowing the Red Chamber of the Federal Legislature to degenerated into an arena of conflict over partisan and personal issues.
"The APC Caucus leadership also extracted a promise from the Senate President that national interest will continue to take precedent over any other consideration in the activities of the Senate".
It was a decision that now throws away every desire to influence the Senate through the lawmakers to impeach the President of the upper chamber.
The decision is coming few months to the end of the 8th red chamber and the fact that few months are left for the leadership may have topped their list of considered issues.
To clarify this claim, Pro-Buhari Senators Ovie Omo-Agege and Abdullahi Adamu, who recently demanded the removal of Senator Saraki once they reconvene, failed to pick their calls or respond to questions send as messages on the issue.
This decision, however, also implies that the Senate President must not act in the interest of his new political party, the PDP.
At the meeting that began few minutes after the Senate President led other into the session lasted for few minutes were Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, the Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi and the Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye among others.
The Senate is one of the three Arms of Government and under a democratic system, it is expected to be free of the influence of the executive and this is one thing that the decision of the lawmakers reflects.
If they danced to the tune of the executive, without putting national interest into consideration, Senator Saraki's impeachment would amount to exercise of influence on the Senate by the Executive.
Senator Saraki, who is believed to have a good relationship with majority of the members of the Senate, had before the resumption of the Senate said he was not afraid of being impeached.
The man who was a Personal Assistant to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on issues around the National Assembly understood how things work around the Senate and responded to the clamour for his impeachment in this manner.
“Those people who are talking against it are just playing politics with it, when it is time for us to resume, we will resume.
"And all we just want to do now is to see that this country is run properly according to the rule of law and due process.
“I have always aligned myself to what the constitution says and the tenets of the three arms of government to ensure that we allow the rule of law, the respect the democratic process."
The APC has not reacted to the decision of the leadership of the Senate who also have some members in the APC Caucus to rest the impeachment push.
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