Following the defection of the senate president Bukola Saraki from Nigeria's ruling party, All Progessives Congress to the People's Democratic Party on Monday, a senator representing Katsina South Abu Ibrahim on Thursday said that there will be no peace in the upper legislative chamber until Saraki resigns.
Ibrahim while talking with journalists in Abuja said going by conventions around the world, it is the majority party that produces the leadership in parliament.
“I think it is commendable that he has left the party. He has chosen the path of survival because it is the issue of political survival not any thing for Nigeria,” he said.
“But next is for him to resign as senate president, because by all conventions all over the world, the majority party produces the leadership; senate president, the majority leader and others.
“Again, let him be gentleman enough and resign as senate president. If he does not, we will never have peace in that senate because it is absolutely clear that APC has majority to produce the leadership."
The senator further reinstated that APC still have the majority in the senate and claims that will be an additional members after the two bye-elections.
“We also have some alliance with APGA. It is clear that APC has majority. APC with majority should produce the leadership in the senate. Forty-nine cannot produce the leadership. Saraki should resign as senate president.”
Ibrahim further denied the allegations made by PDP on Thursday that APC senators attempted to break into the chamber to impeach Saraki.
“How do you break into the chamber? If we like we can reconvene legally because it is legal for us to reconvene. We do not need to break into the chamber when we have the number. I will never subscribe to that we can reconvene. The rules are there that if we are up to 30 we can reconvene,” he said.
“Why should we break into the chamber when we can reconvene legally and do what we want to do. It is legal. I do not see why anybody should contemplate that we can break into the chamber.
“I do not know about it and even if I know about it, I will say it is unwise. However, if the leadership does not ask for peace, it will not get peace. Peace is a function of leadership. I have been in the Senate for about four times. I cannot allow anybody to manipulate me. I cannot take it.”