The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that it has not given up in its belief that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is an usurper, who needs to vacate his position in the National Assembly, since he now belongs to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which is in minority in the Senate.
The party also said that it is confident that the forthcoming elections would dash Saraki’s hopes of returning to the Senate, as the people of Kwara Central would reject him as their representative, at the polls.
Recall, that Saraki was elected as Senate President, in June 2015, much to the chagrin of the APC Leadership, which had penciled down Senator Ahmed Lawan for the position, allegedly; and several efforts by the party to remove him from the position, have since failed.
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman, has been at the forefront of Saraki’s removal, since his defection to the PDP. He insisted that the position is for the APC, the party with majority members in the Senate.
On his part, Saraki has vowed to keep his seat, saying that, he would only step down, if he loses the support of majority of the Senators.
Speaking with Reporters, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, disclosed that the party has not given up on its position that Saraki is an usurper, who should vacate his position for the APC.
He, however, said that it would not allow Saraki distract the party and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, from fulfilling its promises to Nigerians.
He said: “We have never given up on the issue of Saraki remaining in position as Senate President. We will continue to regard him as a usurper.
“There is nowhere in the world, in a Presidential system of government, where the minority sits as the Leader of the National Assembly, be it in the Senate or House of Representatives. It is for the party in the majority to decide who the Leader is.
“Though we see him as a usurper, we are a serious government. We have a responsibility towards governance.
“This is somebody whose main interest is to ensure that we do not have the opportunity to do those things that we have promised to do for the people of this country.
“We will not allow such a person to constitute a hindrance to governance. So, we have to be practical and pragmatic as possible, in a way that we will be able to deliver on our promises.”
Issa-Onilu also noted that the APC is confident that Saraki would not return to the Senate for another term.
“We know that election will take care of him. His people are going to reject him. The people of Kwara Central will reject him at the polls, come February. So, he is not a major issue for us now.
“The major task before us is to continue to execute those major projects that we are executing, come up with policies and programmes that will positively impact on the lives of Nigerians.
“We are focusing on things that will make Nigerians renew our mandate in this election. But that does not mean we ignore the fact that he is a usurper who is sitting on the seat that does not belong to him”, he said.