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Bukola Saraki fires Salvo at APC NWC, asks Executive to stop ridiculing Legislative

by on April 5, 2017
 

The Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Sara­ki blew hot on Tuesday when he charged officials of the Executive and Legislative arms of government to respect one another and avoid acts capable of ridiculing them.

He spoke when the Nation­al Chairman of the All Progres­sives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun visited the National Assembly to seek an end to the lingering faceoff between the National Assembly and the Executive arm of gov­ernment.

Odigie-Oyegun had ap­pealed to operators of the two arms of government to main­tain peace and respect the con­stitutional roles of each other.

Fielding questions from Senate Correspondents after a three-hour closed-door meet­ing of the APC National Work­ing Committee (NWC) with the Senate Caucus of the par­ty, Saraki regretted that the key stakeholders in the Executive and NASS do not respect the two in­stitutions.

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He said: “It’s unfortunate but the most important thing is that a lot of stakeholders must respect these institutions. These institu­tions are there now and they are going to be there after and we should not allow our selfish inter­ests to push us to ridicule the in­stitutions. The institution is what we have and we must ensure that we respect that.”

Saraki declared that the Sen­ate would not be detracted from its set goals for the people because it would continue to do the work for which Nigerians elected them.

“But for us in the Senate, we are focused. We will continue to do the work. Today, we are talk­ing about meningitis, looking at how we are going to find funding for that. So, none of these issues is distracting us from that. And I think we’ve shown that over the last few weeks.”

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“By this time next week, our Committee on Petroleum will lay the PIB which has never been done. We are focused on the ma­jor issues and we are not going to be distracted with that. And we are still going to do our work,” Sa­raki declared.

He stressed the need for APC to maintain regular consultations between the Legislature and the Executive even when there is no rift, adding that, “whether there are issues or not, regular consulta­tions between the legislative arm of government and the party is important.”

On whether Senator Ali Ndume’s issue didn’t attract the attention of the meeting, Saraki simply said: “Your question again is distracting from the issues. You have 108 senators here. And you have the National Chairman. Let us focus on national issues.”

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Earlier, Odigie-Oyegun ap­pealed to the Executive and the Legislature to maintain mutual respect each other.

He said: “One appeal I have to make is that it is necessary for all underlined levels of government to maintain some level of respect and civility, one for another and my appeal is as we start now; the process of reconstructing rela­tionships and consultations must be paramount.

“There should be what I will call a ceasefire in terms of the kind of abuse that is used all round on one institution of government or the other, even on principal par­ties of these institutions,” he said.

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  • Lawal Abdullahi
    April 5, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Mr Senate President you are wrong. The senior law making body has already become the senior law breaking body that every ex-governor run to protect himself from the laws of the land.
    PIB laying doesn’t mean you have done much because it’s a process started for long. How can the senators’ demand of withdrawing the CCB case against you be national issue?
    Mr president, with due respect, your approach to law making is still the culture you’re used to in PDP, “business as usual “.

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  • YUNUSA USMAN
    April 5, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    People should learn how to respect the Democratic institution

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  • Mr Law
    April 6, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Executive should respect the legislative . This call is very important. Even if the senate president has some pending corrupt cases. Charge him to it but respect the office he seat as enshrined in Nigeria constitution. Buhari and his boys should desist ridiculous activities against Nigeria constitution and democracy .
    Two wrongs cannever make a write , neither will the executive win a war with the senate . It’s all befalling back to poor masses . Executive should shield ego and respect the senate .

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