Majority Of Senators Are Still With Saraki -Says Wamakko

President of the Nigerian senate
By Nuel Suji, Abuja – Former governor of Sokoto state, Senator Aliyu Magatatakarda Wamakko has dismissed media reports that there is  plots to find a replacement for the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki due to his case with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) saying that majority of Senators are with Senate President.

President of the Nigerian senate
President of the Nigerian senate

Wamakko also dismissed reports that  members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are planing to take over the Senate as mere propaganda.

 The former governor who spoke with our correspondent said such reports were mere imaginations of the authors, because according to him, the present reality on Senate matters never tallied with the reports.

Wamakko said Senators are rather meeting to strengthen the Senate under Saraki with a view to recovering the lost grounds on the legislative business under the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

He said unknown to many, President Muhammadu Buhari had nothing to do with Saraki’s present ordeal, most especially his stand off with the Code of Conduct Bureau, which had dragged him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

President Buhari, he noted is rather worried about the near state of inaction in the National Assembly and hence, has never been opposed to moves by the Senator to get the Senate back on a high octave in the interest of democracy.

He said, ‘’ I see Mr. President, Saraki and Senators holding a meeting very soon on how to salvage democracy which certain elements have been trying to subvert. They will find time to meet to stop our opponents from progressing with acts to sabotage of democracy.

“Once the President and the Senate leadership sit on a round table with a resolve to re-oil the wheels of democracy for national progress, the cynics, the political rabble-rousers and those who never mean well for the APC government will go to sleep.

Wamakko said Saraki having submitted himself to the law by appearing before the Code of Conduct Tribunal had helped the case preferred against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau, appealing to critics stop pre-empting the cause of law.

He noted that those hoping to promote discord between President Buhari and the Senate President, banking on excuses would soon realise that democracy has advanced in Nigeria with more Senators anxious to make it work.

Wamakko appealed to the media to show deeper understanding of the situation in the Senate by avoiding reports capable of setting the Senate on fire.

He said the removal of Saraki as being canvassed by those he described as faceless groups outside the National Assembly will end up as an ill-wind that will blow no good for the Senate, democracy and Nigeria.

He said, “Majority of Senators weeks ago passed a vote of confidence in Saraki because they were convinced that his style of leadership has been broad and progress inclined. Nothing has changed. Majority of our colleagues still believe that Saraki remains a stabilizing factor in the Senate for now.

“A change of leadership, at this point in time, as being canvassed, will certainly spark some endless sessions of rancour, suspicion, crises and uncertainty among members. When such begin to happen, no one will be able to predict the end”

Wamakko said Saraki shares the same ideology of ‘change’ with President Buhari, stating that every step so far taken by the Senate had been inclined towards promoting the change mantra, with national progress at the core of all considerations by Senators.


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