Protest Can’t Force Saraki to Resign as Senate President, says Senator Ali-Ndume

Against the backdrop of protest by a coaltion of civil societies known as “Occupy National Assembly”, Tuesday morning, asking the Senate President Bukola Saraki to resign his position over his ongoing trial for false assets declatation, Senate leader, Senator Mohammed Ali-Ndume, has said no protest can force Saraki out of office.

In a reaction, Tuesday afternoon, Ndume described the protest as a “wrong precedence and anti-democratic’’.

“That is why we are not trying to say anything about them because what is happening out there is a very dangerous precedence that we are trying to set.

“I contested to represent Borno South.

“I did not force myself on my people and therefore somebody out there, especially the one that did not elect me cannot force me out because I didn’t come in by force.

“I came in by ballot not by gun, not by placard, I have posters not placards.

“So, if for example, I am short of performance and my constituents feel that they do not have time to waste, there is a clear-cut process by which they can ask me to be recalled.

“They will collect signatures, ask for me to be recalled, that is the democratic way, not by coming in here to stand and say you want to occupy NASS.

“You occupy NASS to do what, to be leader or to be senator? It does not work that way,” he said.

He said there were constitutional means of recalling an elected members and not by carrying placards.

In their hundreds youths laid seige to the National Assembly, Tuesday, demanding for the resignation of the the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Activities at the Federal Parliament were pralysed for hours.

Protesting under the name, Occupy National Assembly, they staged the protest infront of the Assembly.

They also sought the House to mend the identified grey areas in the budget so as to be passed it into law and end the suffering of Nigerians.

The youths, also wanted Senators who have collected the N36m Jeep bought for them by the Bukola Saraki led Senate to immediately return the cars or face a possible showdown from the Nigerian public.

They were said to have forced their way to the main entrance to the National Assembly, defying all entreaties from the security agents manning the outer gate to retreat.

Author: News Editor

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