Coalition of Northern Youths Association, CNYA, has resolved to mobilise its members and senators to rally round Senator Barnabas Gemade to become the next Senate President in view of the corruption charges involving the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki.
Rising from an emergency meeting in Kaduna on Saturday, the group in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed stated that the current crisis bedevilling the senate president with his eventual arraignment at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, last week has raised a moral issue, with pundits asking, whether Senator Saraki is morally fit to continue to preside over the affairs of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“To us in CNYA, we strongly believe that Senator Saraki has no moral right to preside over the affairs of the Senate based on the allegations levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau, and he cannot be facing trial and at the same time presiding over the affairs of the Senate. As such, the best option left for him now, if he has conscience, is to resign honourably and pave way for a new leadership in the senate.”
The group pointed out that the whole world is watching Nigeria over the Sarakigate, hence it called on the Senate President to do the needful by resigning without delay. The Pan Northern group added that, in order not to create a leadership vacuum in the Senate and allow the opposition party, the PDP to capitalise on this, it appealed to the previous contenders for the seat of Senate President such as Senators Ahmed Lawan and George Akume to jettison their ambition and support Senator Barnabas Gemade to become the next Senate President.
“This is the only way out of the quagmire, considering the fact that Senator Gemade has all it takes to superintend over the Senate,” the group stated, noting that Senator Gemade is capable of entrenching peace, unity and legislative decorum in the senate.
“We make bold to state that as a former minister, former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and a two term Senator now in his third term, he has the capacity to steer the ship of the senate and forge unity among the senators from both the All Progressives Congress, APC and PDP.”
They called on the National Executives of the All Progressives Congress, APC to see reason with their position and commence serious consultations among party stakeholders to ensure that the exit of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President does not spell doom for the party.
“We call on all APC Senators to throw away any toga of loyalty to any person and go for the best candidate which to us at this particular point in time is Senator Barnabas Gemade,” they stressed. NAN

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