Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC Zamfara Central), who is expected to face disciplinary action for allegedly disparaging the Senate as an institution in a recent interview published by one of the national dailies, has said that there would be stalemate in the upper legislative chamber, if it recommends his suspension.
Speaking with journalists over the weekend in Abuja, the lawmaker vowed to resist any suspension order from the senate at the end of its investigation on the interview, saying the people from his constituency were ready to defend the mandate given him to represent them.
The Senate had last week Tuesday, mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate Marafa’s alleged offensive remarks against the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly in the said interview where he amongst others, kicked against N4.7billion car purchase plan of the 8th Senate and secrecy of accounts of the entire National Assembly.
The Committee headed by Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP Imo East), was further mandated by the senate to come up with recommendation on action to be taken against Marafa within a week, which expires tomorrow.
But Marafa in an interview with journalists on the likelihood of what may happen tomorrow at Senate’s plenary, vowed that nobody in the Senate can suspend him.
He said he had read through the interview over and over again, without seeing any offensive remarks he allegedly made against the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly as revered institutions.
“Nobody, I repeat, nobody in that senate can suspend me over those remarks I made in the said interview; rather, it is the Senate President, Bukola Saraki that should be suspended by the Senate for turning things upside down within the last eight months from forgery of Standing Orders to illegally increasing the number of standing committees in the senate from 57 to 65 with attendant violation of ranking rules in their compositions and above all, refusing to resign as Senate President, in the face of trial on corruption charges at the Code of Conduct Tribunal and invariably battering the image of the Senate.
“He should remember that when the issue first came up in August or September last year, we didn’t tell him to resign and thus cannot by whatever means gag us and gag our mouths; the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria gives us the right to say our opinion, to air our views and nobody can deny us that one”, he said.
On the discrepancies discovered in the 2016 budget, Marafa said there is no prefect budget anywhere in the world even as he linked the extension of defence by ministries, departments and agencies to the pending trial of Saraki at the CCT through the aides of fifth columnists.