BUKOLA SARAKI PLANS TO RETAIN HIS SEAT TILL 2019 DESPITE DEFECTION TO PDP

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, is plotting to remain in office despite defecting from the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Saraki had on Tuesday renounced his membership of the party after weeks of speculation that he would do so.

“I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC),” he wrote on his Twitter handle.

Saraki emerged the senate president against the wishes of the leadership of the APC, which favoured Ahmed Lawan, the incumbent senate leader.

Mr Saraki would rely on the provisions of Section 50 of the 1999 Nigerian constitution, to retain his seat until June 2019 when the Ninth Senate would elect its presiding officer and new principal officers.

The arguement is that defecting to another party was not one of the ways a senate president could lose his position.

Buttressing his argument, he cited Section 50 (2) of the Constitution which says “The President or Deputy President of the Senate or the Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives shall vacate his office:

a) If he ceases to be a member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives, as the case maybe, otherwise than by reason of a dissolution of the Senate or the House of Representatives; or

b) When the House of which he was a member first sits after any dissolution of that House; or

c) If removed from office by a resolution of the Senate or the House of Representatives, as the case may be, by the votes of not less than two-thirds majority of the members of the House.

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