- The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has advised lawmakers-elect not to stay out of NASS on inauguration day
- Saraki said the inauguration is usually done on the floor of the two chambers of the National Assembly and not any other place
- It was gathered that some members of NASS were attending a meeting with the leadership of the APC at ICC in 2015 when Saraki and Dogara were elected Senate president and the speaker
Bukola Saraki, the Nigerian Senate president, has advised lawmakers-elect for the 9th Assembly not to stay out of the National Assembly on the inauguration day like some senators did in 2015.
Daily Trust reports that Saraki, who spoke during the induction course for the senators and members-elect for the 9th Assembly in Abuja on Monday, April 1, said inauguration was done on the floor of the two chambers of the National Assembly and not any other place.
Legit.ng gathered that Saraki was speaking against the backdrop of what happened in 2015 when the then national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) summoned a meeting at the International Conference Centre (ICC) with the then senators and members-elect on the morning of June 9, 2015, when inauguration was to take place.
It was learnt that few other APC members, including Saraki and speaker Yakubu Dogara, as well as some members of the PDP, stayed back on the floor.
The development, however, led to the emergence of Saraki as Senate president unopposed, while Ike Ekweremadu, a PDP member, easily emerged as deputy Senate president despite APC’s majority.
“If they invite you for any meeting before the inauguration, don’t go. The only place where inauguration will take place is in the National Assembly. So, don’t go, be at the National Assembly on that day,” Saraki said.
Saraki’s remarks were greeted with a wide applause from the lawmakers-elect.
While Dogara won his re-election to the House of Representatives to continue representing Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa-Balewa of Bauchi state, Saraki failed in his bid to return to the Senate as he was defeated by Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe of the APC.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Senator Bukola Saraki said that the presidency should have taken steps after Ibrahim Magu’s name was rejected as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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