Senate Presidency: Why Oshiomhole Wants Saraki To Vacate For Honour
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, is insisting that the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, must vacate the position, which he claims belongs to his party.
He has kept up with this demand even though Dr. Saraki has dismissed every statement urging him to resign.
On Monday, September 10th, Mr Oshiomhole told Channels Television that Saraki will have to vacate his position "as a matter of honour".
"As we speak, I remain convinced that Saraki must, I use the word ‘must’ vacate the position of Senate President as a matter of honour."
The diplomacy seen in his statement could be likened to the kind that comes with a gunboat, as he also emphasised that "if he does not choose the path of honour, he will be democratically removed as the President of the Senate".
Nigeria has a constitution that has spelt out how things should be done, but often times, the disregard of what the law states by people in government position is often noticed.
Even the current administration has been accused of disregarding the law.
Back to Mr Oshiomhole's insistence, the former Union leader said his statement was not just based on natural understanding.
"I am emphasising logic and political morality, plus law.
"You know I came from a background where as a young unionist, I went through trade union history.
"What is lawful may be completely immoral and society survive only when it is committed to strong ethical standards.
"Because the law itself as interpreted by judges can best give you judgement, it may not translate to justice.
"And for the society to be stable, there must be a commitment not only to the rule of law but strong ethics, including natural laws of fairness.
"It is unacceptable in any democracy, including the one that we all proudly claim that we have borrowed from America; it is unacceptable for a minority party to provide leadership to govern the majority.
"Now as we speak APC has 57 senators, PDP has 49 senators. Assuming without conceding that the other two parties namely APGA and ADC choose to align with the opposition, they will still be less than 57; they might just become 51 or 52.
"There is no way you will have a parliament in which a minority provides the leadership.
"You know when it suits us we compare Nigeria, when it doesn’t we look for other excuses.
"Those newspaper lawyers, they are not judges. And I can see a lot of too many people who are commentators and analysts without the appropriate depth, even on the subject of which they are commenting on.
"When I say Saraki will be democratically removed, he will be lawfully removed. People say how?
"They choose to detain themselves with the assumption of the fact that we have 57 members means we cannot impeach the Senate President," he said.
The Two-Third Majority
For the Senate President to be impeached, the law stipulates that two-third of the members of the Senate will vote, but the former Governor of Edo State has a different explanation for this.
"Look at the extant provision in the relevant sections of the Constitution, it is very clear.
"It says to impeach a President or a Vice President, a Governor or a Deputy Governor, you need, in the words of the Constitution, ‘two-third of ALL the members’; ALL, the word ‘ALL’ has to be emphasised.
"The same Constitution goes down to say, however, to impeach a Senate President, a Deputy Senate President, a Speaker, a Deputy Speaker; you need ‘two-third of members’.
"If the Constitution meant to say the same thing, it will use exactly the same language. Why did it emphasise ALL in the case of presidents and governors? Now, the issue before us is to allow a competent court to sit down and see whether it would have been the intention of the Constitution when it chooses to use the word ALL, all members for the purpose of presidents and others and use members for another purpose," he explained, apparently insinuating that all the two-third members of the APC do not need to vote to impeach the Senate President.
While he continues to insist that Senator Saraki must vacate his seat, the Senator from Kwara State is canvasing support for his ambition to be the President of Nigeria under the Peoples Democratic Party.
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