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“It is Constitutional” Buhari endorses choice of Saraki, Dogara
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“It is Constitutional” Buhari endorses choice of Saraki, Dogara

President Muhammadu Buhari has openly supported the choice of Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives respectively.

In a statement issued by Mr. Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser (Media & Publicity), President Buhari said he had no issues with the process through which both leaders emerged since it was in accordance with the constitution.

According to President Buhari, though he would have preferred that the leadership of the National Assembly came about through the arrangement put in place by the ruling All Progressives’ Congress (APC), but since the emergence of Saraki, Dogara and the others had conformed with the constitution, he had no issues with it.

Adesina noted that“ President Buhari had said in an earlier statement that he did not have any preferred candidate for the Senate and the House of Representatives, and that he was willing to work with whoever the lawmakers elected,”

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Adding that . “That sentiment still stands. Though he would have preferred the new leaders to have emerged through the process established by the party.”

Adesina stressed that the stability of Nigeria’s constitutional order and overall interest of the common man were uppermost on the President’s mind as far as the National Assembly elections were concerned.

The President called on all the elected representatives of the people to focus on the enormous task of bringing enduring positive change to the lives of Nigerians.

The president’s statement came on the heels of  a caustic statement released by APC Spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed where he threatened that not only were the elections of both men unacceptable, they new Principal Officers will in fact be disciplined by the party.

He noted that ” ”Senator Bukola and Hon. Dogara are not the candidates of the APC and a majority of its National Assembly members-elect for the positions of Senate President and House Speaker. The party duly met and conducted a straw poll and clear candidates emerged for the posts of Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, supported by a majority of all Senators-elect and members-elect of the House of Representatives. All National Assembly members-elect who emerged on the platform of the party are bound by that decision.

”The party is supreme and its interest is superior to that of its individual members and consequently, the APC leadership is meeting in a bid to re-establish discipline in the party and to mete out the necessary sanctions to all those involved”

Earlier in his acceptance speech, Senator Saraki was magnanimous in victory, noting that it was time to keep politics aside and embrace nation building.

He stated “I am most honoured and privileged to be elected to serve as President of the Senate. I accept with humility and respect the honour you have conferred upon me today,” Mr. Saraki said.

“We have today demonstrated that even though we may belong to different parties, we are ultimately united by our common desire to entrench democracy and allow its principle guide our conducts.

“The change that our people voted for is a change from a life of poverty, misery to a life of prosperity, happiness, security and comfort, accountability and respect for democracy.

“This is a change that all of us in the National Assembly must strive to justify. Nigerians want to see a proactive National Assembly.”

He added that as the President of the 8th Senate, he will be guided by the enormity of the responsibilities that the moment imposes on all of us.

Mr. Saraki said it will be his responsibility to protect the independence of the legislature in the overall interest of democracy.

He said the quest for autonomy must not lead people into pursuing adverse relations with other arms of government.

He saluted President Muhammadu Buhari for remaining steadfast in his defence of the right of the National Assembly to choose its own leaders.

He thanked all other party leaders who strived to resolve all conflicts, urging that the senators should now move forward with renewed confidence and support.

He also thanked the former President of the Senate, David Mark, for the “uncommon leadership” which he provided in the last eight years which led to the stability of the senate.

“My dear distinguished colleagues, we are entering at a time when a lot is being expected of us.

“Nigerians expect that the new senate must make laws that will reform the oil sector, the security systems, diversify our economy, create jobs and make doing business in Nigeria more competitive.
“In the coming days, we shall be converging to hammer out an agenda that will help us focus and deliver on the minimum expectations,” he said.


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