Says, “our right to participate in the election of senate president cannot be taken away…”
By Nuel Suji, Abuja.
Aggrieved senators loyal to the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate for the Senate Presidency, Sen. Ahmad Lawan have vowed to challenge to election of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President, describing process as illegal and unconstitutional.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Sen. Barnabas Gemade who staged a walkout in the Upper Chamber on Wednesday said Saraki’s election is unconstitutional cannot confer legitimacy to the elected Senate President.
He said that the insinuation in some quarters that some senators boycotted the election is totally unfounded.
“In our effort to meet up with the time for the inauguration, we rushed to honour the invitation of Mr. President and while at the conference centre, news filtered to us that the clerk of the National Assembly has started the process of election of the Senate President in our absence,” Gemade argued.
Adding that, “this process which remains unconstitutional cannot confer legitimate to the elected Senate President. Our right to participate in the election of the Senate President is constitutional right which cannot be taken by any person or group of persons.
“The insinuation in some quarters that we boycotted the election is totally unfounded. As loyal party members, we would take all necessary political and legal means to strengthen our democracy and democratic process in line with the change that we promised our teaming supporters during electioneering campaign.
But, Sen. Dino Melaye (APC Kogi) who briefed on behalf of the “Like Minds Group” stated that claims by the Gemade’s Unity Forum that quorum was not formed when Saraki was elected was incorrect because quorum.
He argued that quorum was formed when Saraki was nominated and there was no other nomination.
Also, Sen. Melaye debunked insinuation that there was no quorum when the election of Bukola was conducted saying 76 senators were in attendance when Bukola was nominated.
He said they were not aware of any meeting called by the President arguing that there is no tangible truth that the meeting was called by President Muhammed Buhari.