Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki is becoming the cat with nine (9) lives and a very big thorn to members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) as the impeachment threat levelled against him seems to be hitting the rock
Latest to lend his voice to the impeachment or no impeachment of the Senate President is the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,whorecently confirmed how difficult it has been difficult for the party to remove Dr. Bukola Saraki as Senate President.
According to the Minister, Saraki who tactfully found himself as the Senate President have Ike Ekweremmadu from the opposition party as the Deputy Senate President, which has made it very difficult to impeach the former.
Lai was also pictured quoting Saraki thus, “If you remove me, you are going to have PDP as Senate President.’He went further to state that the Senate President had aligned and worked for the PDP all along.
The minister bares his mind in an interactive session with the press in Lagos while reacting on the defections rocking the APC.
Lai who was not surprise with the current event in the party revealed that the foundation for what is seen today was laid the day the Senate President forced himself on the party as Senate President.That, according to him, was the day the foundation for what the party is witnessing today was laid. Adding that it is the party’s prerogative who becomes the presiding officers in the two houses. “Here, we were met with a fait accompli when Dr. Bukola Saraki, against the wishes of the party, did the unthinkable by aligning with the opposition and making them an offer they could not refuse”.
“I can’t quite remember the number, but almost the entire 40 plus senators in PDP voted for him. So, he needed only a minority from the APC. We were all waiting for Mr. President to come and address us on this issue at the International Conference Centre, it was announced that he (Bukola) had emerged as the Senate President.
“From that day, we knew we had two problems: one, we had a Senate President who imposed himself on the party, and to make it worse, as an insurance, he arranged for an opposition person to be Deputy Senate President; that makes it impossible for us to remove him, hence his thinking, ‘If you remove me, you are going to have a PDP Senate President.’
“From that day, we had a problem. This is not a surprise at all. Of course, you could see the behaviour of the National Assembly since then. We have a National Assembly in which we had a clear majority in both houses, but which treated the executive with contempt and actually slowed down the work of government.
“In 2016, 2017 and 2018, our budgets were delayed. In 2016 and 2017, the earliest we got our budgets was June. Key appointments, nominations and confirmations for key organisations that could move the government forward like the CBN, like the NDIC, were delayed. “Really, it couldn’t have been worse if the PDP had a majority in the National Assembly.”