4NAIJA: NASS Clerk allegedly stalled plot to stop Saraki as Senate president

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

NASS Clerk allegedly stalled plot to stop Saraki as Senate president


More facts keeps surfacing on the election and inauguration that brought the senate president, Bukola Saraki into power.



Another fact emerged in Abuja, on Sunday, that the Clerk to the National Assembly,  Salisu Maikasuwa, rejected plot by some politicians to stall the inauguration of the National Assembly on June 9.

He also stalled the bid to stop the election of Senate President,  Bukola Saraki, after rejecting a proposal to call off the sitting of the Senate at 10.00 a.m. on June 9.

Sources in the National Assembly revealed that following the rejection of the proposal to send reminder text messages to all senators and members of the House of Representatives for a meeting at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, by the APC national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, leaders of the party behind the push resorted to the national secretary.

Information revealed that the leaders sent three ranking senators to Maikasuwa to convey to him the need to keep the sitting of the Senate suspended.

Sources said the lawmakers told Maikasuwa that the Unity Forum, favoured by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Senate leadership positions, could not win the election on the floor if Saraki was allowed to gain entry and get nominated.

They also told him that the only option open to the party was to drag Saraki and others before President Muhammadu Buhari, so that Buhari could appeal to Saraki to withdraw from the race.

Maikasuwa rejected the arrangement informing the senators that he had prepared for the inauguration of the National Assembly, armed with the constitution and the Rule Book, adding that if the APC senators failed to appear at the sitting, the senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who are 49 in number, could form the quorum 40 inaugurate the House.

The senators again argued telling Maikasuwa that all APC senators were to stay away from the sitting but the clerk  insisted that the PDP senators alone would form quorum in the Senate chamber that day.

He also told the APC senators that the proclamation already issued by Buhari was more or less a law binding on him to conduct the sitting of the Senate at 10.00 a.m informing them that the proclamation could only be issued once in the lifetime of a National Assembly, meaning that the one issued could not be withdrawn.

Sources further said the leaders of the APC then inform security agencies to block the entrance of the National Assembly and stop anyone from gaining entrance and that by so doing, the sitting could be frustrated after they failed in persuading the clerk.

Sources added that words, however, later got to the presidency that the gates of the National Assembly had been blocked, prompting the Villa to get words across to the Inspector-General of Police to immediately ensure that gates of the National Assembly complex were thrown open.

The message enabled the pro-Saraki senators and PDP lawmakers to gain access to the complex and enabled Maikasuwa to conduct the election of presiding officers of the Senate that day.

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