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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Saraki to be forced out as Senate President to go face his trial?

Indications have emerged that senators opposed to Bukola Saraki under the aegis of the Senate Unity Forum, SUF, had regrouped to force Saraki out of the seat.

The new move to force the senate president out of office is coming on the heels of the Friday decision of the Supreme Court that his fraud trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal should continue. 
As part of measures to force Saraki to resign, the Unity group would also spearhead a call for the recall of their colleagues who are insisting on Saraki as leader despite facing criminal charges in court.

The SUF, which supported Senator Ahmed Lawan for the senate presidency last year, had kicked against the emergence of Saraki as the president of the senate.

A member of the group, who confided in PUNCH, said the SUF had not given up on moves to force Saraki out of the senate presidency.

He said, “Although, we do not have the numerical strength to remove the man, in the days ahead, we are reaching out to senators in the other camp. We will make them see why Saraki should resign because of the integrity of the senate.

“This is besides calling on Nigerians to recall their representatives, who fail to mount pressure on Saraki to resign. It is not a question of impeachment, but insisting on the man’s resignation.”

Spokesperson for the SUF, Senator Kabir Marafa, said: “If the senate president refused to step aside, we expect Nigerians especially those who voted for us to represent them at the senate to ask questions. We expect them to ask us why we failed to take action despite the bad image that the development is creating for the federal parliament.”

“However, if the senate president refuses to resign and neither the leadership nor the entire Senate mounts any pressure on him to do so, then we would call on Nigerians to recall all their representatives in the Senate because we have failed in our responsibilities."

When Chuba Okadigbo and Adolphus Wabara were indicted, they stepped down as senate presidents.

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