9th National Assembly members should elect their leaders says Saraki

9th National Assembly members should elect their leaders says Saraki

Bukola Saraki, Senate President says the 9th National Assembly members should be allowed to elect their own leaders.

Saraki said this on Monday in Abuja at the induction for the member-elects of the 9th National assembly.

The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) having the majority in the both chambers is ready to provide Presiding Officers except minority presiding officer.

But Saraki urged incoming members of the national assembly to be present in the legislative complex and elect their next leaders themselves.

“The point I am making is that we should not make too much news on the process of electing a presiding officers,” he said.

“What is important is for the members of the Senate to decide who is the best to lead them so that they can have stability.”

Saraki also added that President Muhammadu Buhari should have sent another nominee for the acting Chairman of the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

Saraki said there is always “the need for political solution and dialogue” to solve such issue as Magu’s confirmation.

“In the case of the appointment of the chairman of the EFCC, the powers of the Senate are very clear in the constitution. For any nominee, we are guided by the constitution. It is an appointment made by Mr. President, subject to the confirmation of the Senate, which means the Senate has the powers to either say yes or say no,” said the senate president.

“In a situation where the Senate rejects, it is up to the executive at that time to send in a replacement or in some cases, when we have appointment rejected and the executive will re-present before the Senate but if the senators again, took a decision to reject the nominee, the appointment stands rejected.”



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