Ovie Omo-Agege, the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, has insisted that the All Progressives Congress, APC, has the numbers required to impeach Senator Bukola Saraki from his position as Senate President.
In an interview with the Punch, Senator Omo-Agege said Saraki lost the moral and legal right to claim ownership of the position immediately he decamped from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He said the APC would continue to insist for Saraki’s removal until he either does the “honourable thing” or he is removed via lawmakers’ votes.
He said, “We have the numbers to remove Saraki, which I can tell you. We have the requisite number to remove Saraki as Senate President.
“Our position is very clear. The moment Saraki defected from the APC to the minority party, he no longer has the moral, political and legal rights to remain as the Senate President. We have requested of him to step down. We have requested him to do the honourable thing, to do the needful by stepping down.
“It is a request we are going to continue to make and any opportunity we have, we are going to insist that he must step down.”
Asked whether the constitution stipulates that the majority party in the Senate should automatically assume leadership of the chamber, Senator Omo-Agege said, “When we get to that bridge we will deal with it.”
He argued that it was wrong for Senator Saraki to draw sympathy from the public on the guise that democracy was being attacked, noting that the office of Senate President was not his “birthright”.
He added that the Senate President must immediately vacate the seat as he constitutes a stumbling block to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“People need to understand that the Senate President seat is not a birthright of Saraki. Anybody from the majority party can aspire to become the Senate President.
I do not see why anytime the call is made that Saraki should step down, people now equate that call with an attack on democracy, as if Saraki is now synonymous with democracy. Indeed, he is not and he must step down. He cannot continue to preside over that Senate to the detriment of the party and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.”