Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Senate appeared separated as Senators loyal to embattled Senate President Bukola Saraki insisted that they would protect his seat with their last blood.
In a meeting held at the Asokoro residence of Senator Magartarkada Wammako, the senators demanded a resolution be passed on Saraki’s impeachment.
According to Rafiu Ibrahim, representing Kwara South senatorial district who throws his weight firmly behind Saraki, told Journalists that Saraki’s trial was a “mere persecution” and an attempt to tarnish his image.
He said, “We have since discovered that the trial of the Senate President is a mere attempt to blackmail him and make him look bad in the court of public opinion. No more, no less.
“A dispassionate analysis of the proceeding of the CCT yesterday (Tuesday) has pointed to the fact that the APC-led executive is still embittered against Saraki over the manner of his election as the Senate president.
“This is why we are standing for the Senate President and we will so do till the very end. We are doing this not for him but for the institution of the Senate that he eminently represents. We will never allow any arm of the government to rubbish the cherished autonomy of the Senate.
”The calls in some quarters that the Senate President should resign from his position are borne out of ignorance and pure hatred. We describe the call as ‘wicked and unfounded.’
Ibrahim stated, “For those calling for the impeachment of the Senate President, we urge them to avail themselves of the provisions of the law relating to such a sensitive step.
“As far as we are concerned, there is nothing like that on the table, and if anybody is trying to import that from the outside of the Senate, God helps them. All I know is that they will have to produce as many as 100 senators to achieve that aim.
“As long as they don’t have the majority, the call is a tall dream that will remain a figment of the imagination of the groups and their sponsors.”
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