Saraki scatters pro-Buhari senators, suspends member

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Thursday disbanded a group of senators openly professing loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari.

This came on the heels of the 90-day suspension placed on the senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege, for disparaging the Senate over the polls reordering bill and for also taking the chamber to court.

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions led by Senator Samuel Anyanwu had recommended the suspension of the senator for 180 days but Saraki pleaded with his colleagues to exercise leniency and reduce it.

He also dissolved the pro-Buhari group and advised Omo-Agege to withdraw the suit.

He said it amounted to a breach if the doctrine of separation of powers for the senator to have approached the judiciary to dictate to the Senate on its internal affairs.

Senators who spoke condemned Omo-Agege’s combative attitude and said it was a slap in the Senate for some members to expect it to kow-tow to Buhari.

The bill, which seeks to reorder the sequence of elections in Nigeria, was rejected by Buhari.

But a majority of senators has signed up to support the overriding of the president’s veto by the National Assembly.

Amobg members of the pro-Buhari group are Senator Adamu Abdullahi; and Senator Binta Garba (whose father was Buhari’s personal driver in the 1970s).

Another member, Senator Ali Wakil, died recently in Abuja.

 

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