I’m not stepping down from my position – Saraki
The Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that he would not resign his post as the opposition demanded.
He made this known during a press conference at the National Assembly on Wednesday.
Last week, Saraki defected from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and his moved led to criticism from his previous party who demanded that he resigned his position.
Responding on Wednesday, the Senate President said he would remain in his position as long as he has the back up of his colleagues who voted him in the first place.
“I will not give in (to pressure). I will not. I was elected by members,” he responded to a question on his plan on calls for his removal.”
The embattled Saraki said he was not desperate for power as he has no intention to cling to the position if a vote of no confidence was passed on him by his colleagues.
He assured that if the Senators garnered 2/3 majority to unseat him, he would respectfully bow out. He informed Nigerians that he was not a power monger as being spread by his critics.
The Senate President also spoke on behalf of his colleague in the lower house, the House of Assembly, Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
He said the speaker would also step down if the majority of the members lose confidence in him.
Dogara was seated near Mr. Saraki and did not utter a word which possibly means that he was in agreement with the address.
The DSS had blocked the entrance of the National Assembly on Tuesday in an attempt to forcefully unseat the Senate President.
The masked officials claimed the instruction was from above.
Journalists and observers were barred from entering the complex and initially, members of the opposition, the PDP were also denied access until later when they protested.
Hours later, the masked men left after the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo fired the DSS Boss, Lawal Daura for taking the law into his hands.
Meanwhile, the National Leadership of the APC denied involvement in the saga, claiming it was purely a legislative matter.
The PDP had accused the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, the Presidency: Muhammadu Buhari and his chief of Staff, Abba Kyari over their involvement in a desperate attempt to allegedly remove Saraki.
The event also attracted negative reactions from Nigerians worldwide.