Senator Ajayi Boroffice, the lawmaker representing the Ondo-North senatorial district, has said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would not allow Senate president Bukola Saraki, who is now a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to continue to preside over the affairs of the upper legislative chamber. Boroffice, who is a member of the Buhari/Osinbajo Mandate Group, said Saraki’s continued leadership of the Senate is an aberration which will not be allowed to happen again, The Punch reports. Speaking shortly after welcoming President Muhammadu Buhari who recently returned from London, the leadership of the Senate is an obstruction to the president fulfilling his mandate.
The lawmaker said: “We are the majority party and what has happened is an aberration and this kind of aberration will never happen again. The president must be supported in fulfilling his mandate which has been obstructed by the leadership of the Senate.”
Asked on whether the Senate would rely on two-thirds of the entire Senate or on a quorum to remove Saraki, Boroffice said he would rather rely on the latter. “If the constitution says two-thirds of all members, it means it will require two-thirds of 109 but if it says two-thirds of members, it will be two-thirds of all members who are present and that is what I will opt for,” he said. Also speaking, Prince Ebunola Martins, who is the national coordinator of the Buhari/Osinbajo Mandate Group, said they would do everything possible to ensure that Buhari was re-elected to continue his good works. According to him, the president had delivered on his core promises of reviving the economy, addressing the insecurity challenge and fighting corruption.
On his part, the senior special assistant to the president on political matters, Gideon Samani, said President Buhari was fit to run for a second term. He said the president’s recent visit to the United Kingdom was a mere medical checkup. Recall that after weeks of speculations, Saraki, announced his defection from the APC to the opposition PDP on Tuesday, July 31.