Senate President Bukola Saraki is seeking forgiveness from the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Secretariat on his perceived acts of insubordination as he sent a memo to the party earlier today appealing for its understanding on situations in the senate with those he elected into power.
Saraki in the letter to APC said his hands “hands were tied” on the election of principal officers of the senate at his own instance, siting extant Rule of the Senate and circumstances as factors that prevented him from carrying out the wish of the party
During Thursday’s sitting of the Senate, Saraki announced Ali Ndume as the Majority leader, Bala Na’Allah as Deputy Majority leader, while announcing Professor Shola Adeyeye as the Whip and Francis Alimikhena as Deputy Chief whip.
He claimed that the caucuses of the party at the Senate had nominated the new officials.
In his letter dated June 25, the Senate President explained that the APC senate caucuses had already taken a decision on the matter before he received the letter from the party.
“The said letter (Oyegun’s letter) was received after various APC zonal caucuses had taken their decisions to candidates as principal officers of the senate in line with parliamentary convention and the extant provisions of the senate standing orders 2015 as amended,” Saraki’s letter read.
“Furthermore whilst one is strongly persuaded to toe party line and act in accordance with the suggested party position, regrettably clear provisions of our extant rules and standard parliamentary convention have not given me that leeway to act otherwise.
“Therefore, my hands are tied in the circumstances and I seek your understanding in this regard.”
However, he added that without equivocation he remained “loyal to our great party and its leadership and also fully committed to the change agenda of the Mr President of the federal republic of Nigeria”.