The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Senators, have finally dropped plans to remove Bukola Saraki as President of the Senate.
Post-Nigeria could recall, that since Saraki’s defection, the APC Leadership and some of its Senators called on Saraki to resign as Senate President, or be removed from office.
Indication that the APC Senators had backtracked on the plot to remove Saraki, first surfaced on Tuesday, when the Senate resumed from a 10 weeks recess.
The Lawmakers went into a closed-door session, where it was reportedly agreed that the Senate should avoid any controversy at this time.
The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, however, made a formal announcement on Friday evening, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House.
He said: “We definitely have to bury our hatchets for us to work for Nigeria and Nigerians. Perhaps, that might have informed the disappointment of many people that there will be crisis in the National Assembly”, Mr. Lawan told State House Journalists.
Lawan stated that all the Senators across party lines have agreed to work in national interest.
“I do not know what informed your view to anticipate crisis, but let me tell you that National Assembly will continue to remain focus on national issues, we must be patriotic, nationalistic.
“We must put national interest above individual, parochial, or partisan interest.
“Let me also say that disagreements are usual. In fact, there are very practical components of any Parliament, when you have two to three parties, or even within parties, you will have views that may differ.
“It is traditional, it is usual for us to disagree. Maybe these disagreements may crop up and some other issues. But for now, our focus is on national interest”, he stated.
When specifically asked if he and his APC colleagues had dropped the plan to remove Mr. Saraki, the Senate Leader simply said that national interest overrides any other interest for now.
“The National Assembly is a Nigerian Parliament, and therefore the best thing to do is to ensure that Nigerians gets a good deal, and for now the good deal is for Nigeria to have all those pending requests of Mr. President approved by the National Assembly.
“I think the national interest for now overrides any other interest.
“Our intention is to ensure that Mr. President does not lack from inactivity of the National Assembly. That whatever he requests, the fundamental aspects especially, will be attended to. This is our determination both as APC Senators. In fact as Senate, and National Assembly.”
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