Nigeria Senators squabble over call for Saraki’s resignation

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A lawmaker has asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to resign while he faces his corruption trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.

Kabiru Marafa, a leader of the Unity Forum, a caucus of All Progressives Congress, APC, senators opposed to the emergence of Mr. Saraki as the Senate President, stated this on Saturday night in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES.

The caucus, which Mr. Marafa has emerged as its most outspoken member, also includes Suleiman Hunkunyi and Ahmed Lawan ,who was favoured by the party to become the Senate President.

Mr. Marafa’s statement, Saturday night, follows the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the trial of Mr. Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal CCT.

The apex court on Friday dismissed Mr. Saraki’s appeal against the competence and constitution of the CCT to try him for a 13-count charge of false asset declaration.

Mr. Saraki, who was being tried at the CCT by the federal government, had asked to Supreme Court to halt the trial.

Although Mr. Marafa noted that Mr. Saraki had the right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise; yet, he said “before he is disgraced out” he should “honourably” resign to save the image of the National Assembly and salvage national pride.

“The Senate should have understanding with Senator Saraki,” Mr. Marafa said. “What’s happening at the Code of Conduct Tribunal has nothing to do with the Unity Forum; it’s between him and the State. And country’s law says he’s presumed innocent until proven to otherwise.”

However, he observed that the issue has reached “a critical stage” where Mr. Saraki’s corruption trial had questioned the Senate’s credibility and Nigeria’s pride.

“By reason of omission or commission, Saraki has pushed himself to a position of disadvantage. By moving from one court to the other up to the Supreme and got himself knocked out, what it portrays is that the Senate under Senator Saraki is fast losing credibility.

“The most honourable thing for Saraki is to resign and face his prosecution. If he wins, the seat is always there and he can be re-elected again if those that supported him truly believe he is the best person for the position. And if not, he will remain a senator like he was in the 7th Assembly. Is it a must that he become Senate President?”

Shortly after the Supreme Court judgement, Mr. Saraki announced his disappointment with the ruling.

Against this background, Mr. Marafa condemned the Senate President whom he accused of having no respect for the apex court as the chief lawmaker of the country.

Mr. Marafa (APC-Zamfara State), was also questioned on his statement that “Saraki should go before he’s disgraced out”, and asked if there were moves by his caucus to remove the senate president.

“I am sure you know there’s something called national pride?” he said in response. “How do you feel to see your number 3 man being docked for corruption charges,”

“He has done a lot of damage to the Senate from the forgery of Senate rules to the illegal composition of the committees.

“The Senate should lead by example. Nobody has the right to increase number of the committees. But Saraki just woke up one day to increase them to 65 to satisfy those that made him.

“When I raised it, he said he noted it. We are still noting it till today. The committees are illegal.”

When his reaction was sought, Mr. Saraki’s media assistant, Bankole Omishore, said questions should be directed to the Like Minds caucus, a pro-Saraki group of lawmakers.

In his reaction, Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi State), who speaks for Like Minds caucus, attacked Mr. Marafa and said there was no case for resignation.

“Marafa is a clown and perhaps lives on cheap drugs,” he said.

“The case at the CCT is not about Saraki; rather, it’s about the Senate. And we will not fold our arms to mess up with the Senate.

“The Senate is stable and Saraki has the support of most of the Senators.”

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  • Julius

    He should simply resign as the Senate President. It will ridicule the Senate by going to court and presiding over the Senate. Any Senator that stands with him remaining the president ought to be recalled by their states !

    • Holy truth

      Exactly!!

  • Dino Melaye alluded that ‘Marafa is a clown and perhaps lives on cheap drugs.’
    Wow, and this is a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria! Must he go to this extent to prove his loyalty for Saraki?
    To save his already battered image, Saraki should resign and face the CCT trial. Clinging precariously to the office of the Senate President would bring reproach not only to him but the whole Senate in its entirety.
    The question is would he heed to this advice or would he ignore the vox populi and continue to fight desperately for political survival and relevance?

  • Reason-ability

    Saraki should please resign or be impeached. This is not about Lawan Group or Like Minds of thieves, it is about the dignity and integrity of an institution-the Senate. We need to self-cleanse. The Senate must self-clean otherwise all Senators should be recalled.

  • Jerome

    The real clown, Dino Melaye said that the case is not about Saraki but about the senate so is the senate in court with the federal government for false asset declaration? I feel idiots like Melaye need to be equally shoved off the senate before they rubbish what remains of the integrity of the senate. Whether Saraki resigns or not, fact remains ge had little option for soon and very soon, he will be sent to jail and we will see how he will hang on to the senate presidency from jail.

    • Burning Spear

      Was the same Malaye not the person Buhari ati the Apes in APC attempted to use in pulling out the rug under the feet of Jonathan–with regards to the land alloacations that he Buhari intends to revoke in Abuja? Separation is the answer.—-Buhari is a National Disgrace—if not a curse to 9ja———-Only a bad work man often quarrels with his tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooools

      • Buhari4Ever

        Deri Orbuka, you cannot be talking of separation and at the same time talking of land allocation in Abuja. Thank God, the only disgrace is that Ijaw man the Italians called Fortunato who believes that stealing is not corruption. God removed him for being a bad steward.

    • Chuks

      Never rate Dino high on anything except drugs. He was sponsored to the senate by Saraki and his survival in the senate depends on Saraki too. Dino is very unstable and will likely be speaking from PDP platform before 2019. Only in Nigeria will someone who sneaked like a criminal into the senate car park by 4am, completed forgery of senate rules by 8 am and became senate president by 11 am can survive code of conduct tribunal trial.

  • sheyman

    It will be diligent for saraki to resign to impose sancity to the Senate. However, I think Dino went too far by calling marafa a clown and drug addict. Dino have been a disappointment to me so far since the beginning of the 8th assembly. He was an activist and criticised GEJ to a standstill. I thought he loved Nigeria then, not knowing he was using propaganda to find his way to the top. How does it sound locally and internationally that Nigeria’s Senate president is always in accused box standing corruption trial? No it’s bad, Marafa spoke well, I support.

    • omo lagos

      I am surprised you are quick to rush to judgment in condemning Dino. In the first place, how well do you know the two gentlemen? You should have waited for Marafa to respond to Dino before you pass your judgement. What if Dino know one or two things about Marafa that you and me don’t know of? As for your allusion to the attacks on Jonathan by Dino, you inadvertently portrayed Dino as a patriot who loves his country and who is ready to speak out against perceived wrong doings no matter who is involved. Let’s cultivate the habit of not rushing to judgment in order to massage our partisan interest.

      • Sir Demo

        Haven’t you be reading from and about Dinosaur for long to know him as a patently vacuous person? Kogi is fast becoming another Ekiti!

  • Rollingdollar

    Saraki should resign. Period. And before he does that, Buhari should be advised to resign First for all the impeachable and unconstitutional acts that has occurred under his watch. This includes but not limited to: Release of funds without National Assembly approval, disobedience to court orders,stealing of budget already submitted to National Assembly, lack of adherence to national character in appointment, denying ALL campaign promises, declaration of a ‘dodgy’ assets, lack of School certificate,which a basic prerequisite to become president.
    But if as I suppose Buhari will ignore my call to resign, then Saraki is advised to sit tight and fight it out to the last.
    It’s a jungle guys, and might is right.

    • bash

      164.— Federal grants-in-aid of federal revenue

      (1) The Federation may make grants to a State or a Local Government to supplement the revenue of that State or Local Government in such sum and subject to such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the National Assembly.

      (2) The Federation may make external grants to a foreign State or any international body in furtherance of the foreign policy objectives of Nigeria in such sum and subject to such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the National Assemblyga. Did u study our constitution at all on responsibilities of Mr president in allocation of fund from federal account 2 state at all? Pls read ds, Nigerian constitution section 82 (1) nd 16

  • IZON Redeemer

    I am laughing my head off! Look at Buhari who rode on the back of the vehicles he stole from Dasuki, into the Nigerian political arean of 9ja with that Supreme Boko Haramic Fulani confidence–which he attempted to use in ridiculing the people of the SS–with his usual recycled satanic arguements–concerning hios fake selective fight against corruption–Which he often-often laces with his over-heated self serving bloated attacks———–on Jonathan——————–Yet Emperor Buhari cannot control a Senate with the Apes in APC his party in the majority–Buhari should be told to borrow a leaf from the wise saying of Robert Mugabe—-for Nigerians are sick and tired of the senseless political wrangglings in APC—That we should learn to treat the (towels we use in cleaning out buttocks nicely——-That is—–the people we meet on our way up–kindly for it is the same towel we use in cleaning our asses that we will at the end of the day, rely on in wiping our dirty smelly faces-)-APC has no plans for Nigeria–It is curse like Buhari -to 9jas-The trouble is not with the Apes in APC it lies with Buhari himself——————For it was the same Saraki they used in pullingg down Jonathan in far away London-When the Rogues in APC went to visit Tony Blair in his House———————Animals

    • Buhari4Ever

      Only a mad man like Deri Orbuka will be laughing his head off when an Ijaw man like him destroyed Nigeria and left it bankrupt by mismanaging $480Bn revenue

  • bigbang

    Saraki should resign. He can’t conduct business with this trial going on.

  • bazoka

    We often forget that we are a democracy. I personally wish someone like Saraki was never senate president, but then we should consider if the constitution says anything about this situation, that is, is a person disqualified from being senate president if he has a corruption case, and not proven guilty yet? If constitution says nothing about it hen he should not resign, but there should be a constitutional amendment.

  • Oyeniyi

    It is high time this charlatan cum senator Dino melaye who’s uncouthed to have made such an unprecedented and reckless statement reffering to his collegeu(sen.Marafa) as induced by ‘cheap drugs’ all becus he ventilated his own opinion on issue that bruces the ego of Dino’s godfather(Bukola Saraki) be called to order. If not he remains an unfit for such seat he(Dino) occupies presently.

    • Sir Demo

      I am sure now that that boy is improperly raised and like FFK is on drug. He attacked OBJ as well last week even when Saraki was very tacit. OBJ? This is the last days of Dinosaur in politics

  • MushinSpeaks

    You can’t have a criminal case tied around your neck and still be governing the office of the Senate President. It is honorable Saraki resign

    • musa aliyu

      Honor? In Nigeria? Politicians for that matter! Forget it.

  • DanielOsazuwa

    Dino, before you start calling a Distinguished Sanator crack head, please go and treat your gonorrhea because your former girl friend said you gave her the std.

  • clairvoyance

    Is sarathief criminal trial a trial of the Senate as this kettle like structured head dinosaur mumude is painting it? You called marafa a clown simply he gave a candid advice to your thin god to resign from is position so as to have freedom and the focus to attend to his trial. This dinosaur should be recalled by his constituent because he as nothing to offer.

  • utolason

    QUOTE: “Marafa is a clown and perhaps lives on cheap drugs”, says Dino Melayo

    Given the facts of the case between Saraki and the State, Senator Dino Melayo comment reflects more about himself than Senator Marafa.

    • adeade

      Melaye said so because so far in the Senate Marafa is the only Senator that fights opponents by boxing them real life.. I believe he must be on drugs.. Someone who fights dirty in the public as a senator talking about National pride… What does he know about Pride?

      • musa aliyu

        Oh, you were a kid when Dino Melaye fought and had his shirt torn in the senate, with blood oozing from his body, as a Rep?

    • aisha ani

      lol!

  • smart G

    Is there any thing Saraki has done wrong since being Senate President?
    He has twice won the confidence vote of his colleagues.

    • tundemash

      Unfortunately the case in court isn’t about his stewardship as Senate President and you ought to learn from that too; your past can catch up with you !

  • IZON Redeemer

    Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has alleged that his predecessor, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, spent a whopping sum of $150 million dollars to finance the elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

    He said the former governor spent the huge sum between December 1 and 18, 2014 to sponsor the national election campaigns of APC.

    The governor made the allegation while speaking at a thanksgiving service held at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumueprikom, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, on Sunday.

    Vowing to recover all the stolen money belonging to the state, he called for a comprehensive fight against corruption and canvassed support for the prosecution of all those who allegedly behind the looting of the state fund. Unquote—-Buhari is a curse to Nigeria–

    The same Buhari who some few hours ago, blamed poor civil servants who are yet to be paid their Decemeber Salaries for the mess in the budget now says he is open to criticism again via the doors of his GESTAPO DSS?–The song among policiticians in Nigeria today is that, if u want to be free of Buhari Gestapo the EFCC and DSS–join the Apes in APC-in stealing Nigeria dry–Buhari stealing habits can only be comparable to that of Abacha-9jas were fooled by the CIA–into allowing them to impose monsters like Buhari on us-Nothing good has ever come out of his poisoned mouth-it has been one lie or the other–for the past 8 months-

    • Buhari4Ever

      Deri Orbuka, your misery is alarming!! The devil has boxed you into a corner to help solidify the evil that you brought upon yourself.

  • Joseph Aliyu

    To say that Dino Melaye disappoints me s to put it very mildly. I thought he was indeed a man of good character when he was a Rep. Now I know better. A chameleon, moron, Nigerian of the order Mrs Ibru among other things. His end will soon come by the grace of God. Joseph Aliyu

  • Joseph Aliyu

    If the Supreme Court judges ,who decided to send Nigeria back to the Stone Age by giving decision in Favour of any incumbent governor no matter the level of rigging and killing involved, could rule that Saraki should face trial, it just tells how rotten Saraki’s case is. Saraki should please just resign and save Nigeria further mockery as a nation.

    • musa aliyu

      Wait and see what the same court will do at the end of the saga. They will discharge and acquit him, as they did the governors. Hope you know their decisions for pdp was to pay back the masters who supervised their being there. The pdp will still ‘lobby’ for Saraki too.

  • favourtalk

    The Supreme Court could have just make it easy for the senate president and just sack him for lying to Nigeria about his money and wealth. Shame on a desperate politicians that just wanna be somebody at all cost. He will soon learn his lesson that it is about the people not position

  • musa aliyu

    Before nko? Why can’t the majority of senators back Saraki? They are like minds. Mtchewww!

  • S. Achonu

    Editor Premium Times,

    THE BUKOLA SARAKI matter should be left to progress on its natural course.
    There is no assurance the case will not be discontinued by President Buhari.
    Or that the attorney-general (Malami) will not enter nolle prosecui to end it.
    The perspective of the Bola Tinubu group of APC is that the case is a war.
    But that’s not the perspective of Buhari who’s facing a huge economic task.
    Buhari may just adjudge that Buhri be allowed to end his term, as elected.

  • S. Achonu

    Editor Premium Times,

    THE BUKOLA SARAKI matter should be left to progress on its natural course.
    There is no assurance the case will not be discontinued by President Buhari.
    Or that the attorney-general (Malami) will not enter nolle prosecui to end it.
    The perspective of the Bola Tinubu group of APC is that the case is a war.
    But that’s not the perspective of Buhari who’s facing a huge economic task.
    Buhari may just adjudge that Saraki be allowed to end his term, as elected.

    • alkali

      BUT THIS IS ALL WE KNOW……….

      • ₦1.12billion was taken as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police
      guards in one year.
      • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in the account as paid to a non-operating airline
      for charter service.
      • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido,
      • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
      • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
      expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
      • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons unknown,
      • ₦3.086billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido as expense ostensibly to promote
      Central Bank image,
      • ₦160billion was taken by Sanusi Lamido at Central Bank for self-determined activities.

      • i dey hear

        • “Shocking details emerged from the recently presented 2016 budget that the executive arm
        of government will spend the lion share of N5.87 trillion or about 96.5 per cent of the total N6.1
        trillion. Then, about N205 billion (or 3.5 per cent) goes to the other arms of government.
        The Legislature and the Judiciary will get N115 billion and N90 billion respectively,
        Vanguard revealed. The breakdown of the budget also indicates that the federal
        government intends to spend N39 billion in running the Office of the President
        with major allocations going to car purchase at N3.9 billion; and, another N189
        million to change tyres for specified vehicles in the Presidency.”

        ………….NIGERIA BULLETIN

  • Sir Demo

    It is Dinosaur that is actually on a very cheap but potent drug! The monkey is really pushing his luck! It is Senate in court?

  • tundemash

    Dino said “The case at the CCT is not about Saraki; rather, it’s about the Senate. And we will not fold our arms to mess up with the Senate.”

    Who is topping Dino’s drinks with cheap drugs ? Was it the Senate that filled Saraki’s asset declaration form for him as governor ? What a cl0wn !

  • Igwe

    Now that Saraki has finished his initial gra-gra, he should just go clear himself in the court.
    If he however feels that the evidence against him are insumountable, a self respecting rational individual will bow out gracefully instead of washing his ddirty launfries in public.

    p.s. who came up with that nonsensical phrase, ‘washing your dirty laundries in public?
    One wonders why he/she is so afraid to let people see his/her undies.

  • Sparzo

    Deceit has always been the way for shameless dan buranbaya.
    Doing the honourable thing is out of the question.

  • Jacky

    Dino Melaye is simply raw, crude and wild. He lacks grace and shouldn’t have been found anywhere close to the Senate Chamber in a saner country. Like Saraki, Melaye will meet his “Political Waterloo” sooner than later.