- NASS to focus on making good laws
– Senate President
Aggrieved 51 All Progressives Congress, APC Senators who had threatened to use the court to remove Senate President, Bukola Saraki from office, have dumped their ambition.
The Senators, who operate under the umbrella of Senate Unity Forum, on Monday, refrained from approaching the Federal High Court in Abuja through their lawyer to file a suit challenging the election of Saraki as Senate President.
Nigerian Pilot had reported on Monday that members of the SUF were heading to court to institute legal action on the outcome and selection process that produced Saraki as Senate President.
An aide to the leader of the Forum, Senator Barnabas Gemade, had told Nigerian Pilot that despite the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the aggrieved senators were bent on pursuing their case in court.
But Nigerian Pilot yesterday gathered that the SUF had dropped their bid to seek legal redress.
Gemade’s aide had claimed that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, had been briefed to file the necessary papers before the court.
He said yesterday that the 51 senators who did not participate in the exercise were involved in the botched litigation before they bowed out.
Last week the aggrieved senators threatened to take a legal action because Senator Saraki’s emergence did not follow due process.
Leader of the group, Senator Barnabas Gemade, stated this while addressing journalists at the National Assembly Complex, after he led members of the group to stage a walkout on the chambers.
Gemade said 51 senators were not allowed to take part in the election of the Senate President because they were waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari, who invited them to a meeting at the International Conference Centre.
He said his group would challenge the alleged illegality in court, “since it takes two-third of members to impeach the Senate president, therefore, two third of the members should also have been in attendance before he was elected.”
NASS to focus on making good laws, says Saraki
Meanwhile, Saraki has promised to lead the National Assembly to make good laws for Nigeria and ensure that the Executive arm of government implements laudable policies.
Saraki spoke yesterday when the United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle visited him in Abuja.
The Senate President said with the abundant resources abound in the country, “we are confident of the fact that we will meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians from all facets of life.”
Saraki expressed delight over the cordial relationship between Nigeria and the US, saying his guest’s visit was prompt as it came at a time the country was preparing to frontally address the challenges.
He identified Nigeria’s major problems as epileptic power supply, insecurity, unemployment and revenue leakages, stressing that the present administration is concerned about the wellbeing of Nigeria, “this 8th Senate has the mandate to give to Nigerians the dividends of democracy.
“We will put in place comprehensive systems to make our revenues meet our needs. Our oversight functions would be strengthened in such a way that there will be no loopholes in implementing government plans and projects.
“I can assure you that Nigeria will continue to be attractive to investment opportunities. We have the human capital and with our younger generation’s steadfastness, training and development, our needed goals would be achieved,” he said.
In his remarks, the US Ambassador assured the Senate President of cooperation and support in the areas of insecurity, powers supply, human empowerment and investment opportunities.