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What We Will Do To Saraki, Ekweremadu On Tuesday – Senate Leader

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The Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu may lose their seats on Tuesday when the National Assembly reconvenes.

This is following the promise by Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Ahmed Lawan to “fight, defend and promote the interest of this party (APC) at all cost”.

Lawan made this known at the APC National Convention over the weekend, noting that “some people have taken our mandate and ran away with it”.

Addressing President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC national leadership, the senate leader said the APC caucus would not fold its arms and allow minority members keep controlling the affairs of the senate.

However, he urged the president and party leadership to address some of the challenges facing some caucus members.

Lawan said, “The senate wishes to assure you that we will remain in our caucus determined, focused and resolved to work with you.

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“On July 15, this year, when we had unceremonious closure of the Senate and the National Assembly for the first time, we had the most cohesive, united and focused APC caucus in the Eighth senate.

“We remain committed to you and the programmes of this administration. We remain loyal to our party, and we shall continue to support any programme of this administration.

“We thank Mr. President for supporting senators who have remained committed and loyal to this party.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the chairman and leaders of the party, for supporting us at the most difficult times in the history of our primaries.

“I want to add that it is not yet uhuru for some of us. We believe that there are still some issues to be resolved in favour of some of our colleagues.

“I want to also add that the number of senators of APC in the senate remains the largest. I want to call the attention of everyone here to the fact that democracy, as defined by people, remains government of the majority, where minority will always have their say.

“Those who cannot remember that there was a time in this country when nine was greater than 16, I want to remind them that we have come to that point again.

“Now, we have our chamber dominated and occupied by minority leaders. They remain minority leaders occupying our positions. Those who refuse to follow the part of honour and integrity by exiting; we will send them out with ignominy.

“I want to assure everyone here that 2019 is going to be a walkover for Mr. President, by the grace of God. It will see APC winning more than 24 states.

“We will have a national assembly where vast majority of senators will be from the APC and in the House of Representatives.

“We want to have a National Assembly that will, at all times, work with Mr. President, day and night, to deliver to Nigerians what we have lost over the years.

“The leadership of the National Assembly has shown to us that they are not prepared to be loyal to this administration.

“On Tuesday, we will be going back to the National Assembly when our recess is over. We intend to force through a lot of things and pass that budget for INEC and the security agencies for the 2019 election.

“If we cannot convince them, we intend to force through the foreign plan for this administration. Some people have taken our mandate and ran away with it. We intend to fight, defend and promote the interest of this party at all cost.”

 

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John is a University of Lagos-trained, tech-savvy journalist with an uncanny nose for news. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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