Chairman, Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Duro Faseyi has said that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would take over the leaderdership of the Senate if the Senate President Bukola
Saraki was removed.
Saraki, a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is being tried at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, for alleged false assets
Faseyi, who represents Ekiti North senatorial district, said the PDP had the numerical strength to take control of the Senate.
The lawmaker described the controversy surrounding the passage of the 2016 budget as needless, saying the Calabar-Lagos rail line project that elicited so much furore was never contained in the original budget estimate submitted to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Senator Faseyi made the remarks at his country home, Iludun Ekiti, at the weekend during an empowerment programme he organised for his constituents in Ikole, Ilejemeje, Ido/Osi, Moba and Oye Local Government Areas of the state.
Faseyi, who said he would periodically empower his people to alleviate poverty, distributed 10 vehicles, 56 tricycles, 27 motorcycles, 224 sewing machines, 280 grinding machines, among others.
The lawmaker said, “We have been supporting Senator Saraki since he was elected last year June and this was clear to the whole nation. So, the PDP will surely take over the Senate if the APC says they don’t want him.”
On the polarisation of the Senate into north and south divides by the alleged removal of the Calabar-Lagos rail project from the budget, Faseyi revealed that the scenario was a ploy allegedly devised by the APC to whip up sentiment among Nigerians.
“We won’t allow the APC government of President Buhari to make us rubber stamps. We have the constitutional powers to make amendments to the budget and this is contained in the 1999 Constitution.
“The budget proposal submitted by President Buhari was fraught with irregularities. There were duplications of projects and several repetitions of figures, which must be corrected. Do they expect us to return the proposal to them the way it was submitted?” he asked.
Faseyi also shed more light on the bedlam that surrounds the passage of the budget by saying that the inclusion of the Calabar-Lagos project was only sought at the committee level, which he said shouldn’t have been said to have been contained in the original proposal.
According to the senator, the amendments to the budget estimate,
which he said some people were mischievously being misinterpreted to mean attempt to derail Buhari’s government, was done in the overall interest of the nation.
He said his party, the PDP, would continue to offer constructive opposition to President Buhari’s government for the survival of the country’s democracy.

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