Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, has fired back at Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, saying that the party chairman’s plans to impeach him from office would solely remain a “dream”.
Saraki said this in a statement issued on Friday by Yusuf Olaniyonu, his spokesperson, in reaction to Oshiomhole’s call for his removal as Senate President at a press conference earlier in the day.
According to Saraki, the thoughts of the APC National Chairman leading the call for his impeachment is a “mere wishful thinking” because the ruling party lacks the required number to successfully dislodge him as head of the upper chamber.
The statement read, “The position of Oshiomhole and his cohorts in the APC that the Senate President must resign is a mere wishful thinking.
“They will continue to dream about their planned removal of the Senate President. They will need 73 Senators to lawfully remove Dr Saraki and they will never get that in the present eight Senate,”
Saraki further said the notion that the majority party in the Senate must assume leadership of the chamber was not logical, but borne out of ignorance and delusion.
The Kwara lawmaker cited Section 50 (1) of the 1999 constitution (as amended), saying that the provision explicitly states that any elected Senator is qualified to lead the Senate.
The Senate President also lambasted the APC for alleged double standards, recalling that the same party celebrated when Aminu Tambuwal, who was the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the seventh assembly, defected to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2014 and remained Speaker until the expiration of his tenure.
He, therefore, maintained that all manner of crude attempts to impeach him will end in vain.
“We hereby assure this garrulous, tactless and reckless APC chairman that a million of Adams Oshiomhole cannot remove Saraki as Senate President.
“His illegal plots can only feed his insatiable ego and keep him awake at nights. But it will remain an exercise in futility”, the statement said.