15 House of Reps members declare support for anti-Saraki senator Marafa

Bukola Saraki, Senate President

Some members of the House of Representatives have hit back at their colleagues who condemned Kabiru Marafa for allegedly desecrating the sanctity of the National Assembly.

Mr. Marafa, an All Progressives Congress Senator representing Zamfara Central, had asked his colleagues to remove Senate President Bukola Saraki, in view of the latter’s corruption trial at Code of Conduct Tribunal, or risk being recalled by Nigerians.

He also alleged that “fifth columnists” in the Senate were responsible for the 2016 budget controversy just after the Supreme Court ruling that upheld Mr. Saraki’s trial.

He was referred to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions which laid its report since last week, but without the accused’s defence.

However, Mr. Marafa remains adamant, saying he stood by all he said and that he was defending the integrity of the Senate.

But on Wednesday the matter escalated to House of Representatives, setting political camps in the legislative body against each other.

Eleven members of the House believed to be loyal to the Saraki-Dogara bi-cameral camp of the National Assembly, rose against Mr. Marafa, whose statements, they said, cast slur on the sanctity of the legislature.

“It is indeed regrettable that eight months after the contest for leadership in the Senate ended, Marafa and his group have remained in electioneering mode,” they said.

Mr. Marafa is the spokesperson of Unity Forum, the group that opposed the leadership of Mr. Saraki, preferring Ahmed Lawan instead.

On Sunday, 15 members of the House countered their colleagues, asking them to stay clear of Senate’s internal affairs.

In a statement, they said, “it must be made clear to the legislators who are mostly new members that the two Houses of the National Assembly are Independent and Separate and by getting involved in the internal crisis of the Senate shows them to be busybodies and interlopers who know nothing about the running of a bicameral legislature.

“We advise our colleagues to mind their own business and face the peoples work for which they were elected to do.”

They expressed solidarity with Mr. Marafa and concurred that budget controversy was an agenda for “political negotiation.”

“Since we are all entitled to our opinion, we agree with Senator Marafa that the budget distortions became a political tool in the hands of some legislators and their agenda was to use it for political negotiation.”

They queried why their colleagues could not reply former President Olusegun Obasanjo after his letter to the National Assembly.

“We wonder where these legislators were when former President made his own public opinion and tirade recently.

“It is even more shocking that they were so quick to do the bidding of whoever their paymaster is that they moved even faster than the senate ethics committee set up to investigate the matter,” they said.

The lawmakers who signed the statement are John Dyegh, Lawal Gumau, Ahmad Kaita, Agunsoye Rotimi, Ali Madaki, Aminu Malle, Nazir Daura , and Muhammed Soba.

Others are Ismail Gadaka, Abdulrahman Shuaibu, Sunday Adepoju, Adekunle Akinlade, Ajibola Famurewa, Abdulmahmud Gaiya and Musa Adar.

Like Mr. Marafa, they supported the party’s position in the choice of National Assembly leaders and were loyal to Femi Gbajabiamila, who after losing the Speakership seat to Yakubu Dogara, emerged Majority Leader.


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  • Solomon Achita

    NIGERIAN POLITICIANS MUST GROW UP. This Saraki matter does not need anyone’s support or opposition.

    Bukola Saraki has a scheduled criminal trial next month at the Code of Conduct Tribunal before a 2-man bench.

    No support or opposition is relevant to the merits of the case. What’s on trial is the truth of actual facts at issue.

    • Tosan Nesiama

      Thanks man

      • aisha ani

        That is all! Let Olubukola go and face his criminal trial, everyone else should go about their business.

  • udemeobong

    A house that diveded against itself can not stand!!!

  • joe

    Do we actually need these two chambers of clowns? How can a poor country like Nigeria afford this system of government? This is a double drainage, one chamber is enough!!… They are not up to anything tangible or licit anyway. Away with one of these chambers of looters!

  • Jacky

    Useless lawmakers who cannot make any meaningful laws for Nigeria but break our laws at will. They invite anything at sight and probe everything through their equally useless committees just to pocket huge allowances. The National Assembly is a large drainpipe to our economy. They are heartless enemies of the masses. Thieves!

  • Burning Spear

    What an insult by Marafa to Nigerians——The Apes in APC should go move the country forward and stop acting like kids-in Disney land———-Daily–disgracing the the nation with their silly acts-Blaming every cat for their short-comings except themselves——Right from the theft of the budget in the Senate to this rubbish—Now it is no longer (civil servants) whom Buhari swore to send to Kiri Kiri Prison while in Saudi Arabia that stole the budget. But now we are being told that those who padded the budget with fake figures are the (fith columnist) in PDP abi-? These (OLOFOFO) rogues in APC were never prepared for governace——————-They have already stolen so much within the last few months–they are wondering why Nigerians are still not able to read between the lines—Simply because 9jas are the type that will climb a high tension electric pole-without and protective cloths on for 50 dollars-Meaning they do not care about the type of government Buhari is trying to run for us–provided the Apes in APC are able to settle some few mouths–They can rule as they like———armed with only one weapon——their usual lies———-and their propaganda network in media houses-like tghis one ati sharia reporters————

  • Basketmouth

    These so called law ‘breakers’ have no interest of the masses at heart. If they do, it will be obvious to them that the constitution they are all defending is not only defective, it is also fraudulent. Nigeria does not need a bicameral legislature because it is a waste of resources and counter-productive to our development. How many times has these shameless ‘legislooters’ frustrated the attempt to redo the constitution to reflect the reality of our political and economic imperatives? I think this administration owes ‘we the people’ a functional and sizable government not this bloated contraption fostered upon us by clueless military at the dawn of their ignominious departure from governance 16 years ago. For Nigeria to develop at the pace of South Korea, Japan and China, we have to adopt a system of autonomous regional structure and a lean and limited federal administration. Until we are ready to confront the evil of this unitary system, we shall only continue to dance around in circle without achieving anything that resembles progress. Progressivism is more than a nomenclature it is a daring to do the unthinkable. The daring to step out of the norm to create a new way and new thinking. The future belongs to those who dares to dare.