Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives; Mahmud Mohammed, chief justice of Nigeria; Yakubu Gowon, former head of state; Alex Ekwueme, Ernest Shonekan, former interim president; all the service chiefs, were among the dignitaries that witnessed Thursday’s programme.
He also directed that all the plaintiffs should be served with the motion ex parte and the accompanied affidavit while hearing notice should be served on all the respondents.
He added that contrary to speculations in a few quarters, majority of the Senators are in support of Saraki, even in spite of the on-going trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Since the trial started, one question has been constant at many fora and it is the fact that would government had put Saraki on trial if he was not the Senate President?
Buhari, in an interview with Sahara TV, which was monitored by one of our correspondents on Wednesday, however, said he could not interfere in the trial because it would be unconstitutional to do so.
Parliament and government needed to work together to get “greater clarity in policy direction and interventions”, Saraki said. The case is in court.
Misau noted that the explanation became necessary in view of the belief that the Senate President deliberately antagonized the party leadership by refusing to name Lawan and the others into leadership positions, thereby favoring a “winner takes all” arrangement.
Umaru in his lead debate prayed the Senate to resolve to pass a vote of confidence on the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki; the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and the entire leadership of the Senate as presently constituted.
“I remain committed to the institution of the National Assembly and independence of the legislature, hence I will not allow myself to be intimidated or stampeded out of office,” he stressed.
“While we advise patriotic Nigerians to be on the lookout for such misinformation and regard them as the puerile propaganda that they are, we want to assure them that just like the phantom alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Rules, this too will surely fail”, he said.