Reports have emerged from the 8th Senate plenary on Tuesday that 83 Nigerian senators passed a vote of confidence on the embattled senate president, Bukola Saraki, seeking to support their leader, who is facing corruption charges.
David Umar, Niger East, who read the motion, initially said it was sponsored by 84 Senators; nevertheless, the Chairman Senate Committee on Business and Rules, Babajide Omowarare, Osun East, asked that his name be removed from the list.
“Ordinarily by virtue of my position as the Chairman, Committee on Business and Rules, I should have seen this motion before now,” Mr. Omoworare said.
“But it comes as matter of urgent public importance. My name is listed as number eleven. Let me say that I don’t know how my name got into the list. I therefore say I am not part of it.”
The Motion was raised by Senator Umaru from Niger East. The Vote of Confidence on the Senate President was seconded by Senator Ahmed Sani and was supported by 83 Senators.
Senators Umaru and Sani took time to speak on their support of the 8th Senate devoid of any external influence.
Mr. Umar said the Nigerian Constitution guaranteed separation of powers.
He condemned the “ongoing unwarranted media embarrassment of the Senate and the Senate leadership,” urging Nigerians not to allow themselves to be used to harass or intimidate the Senate leadership.
Recall, Mr. Saraki was arraigned last week before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on a 13-count charge of alleged corruption and false declaration of assets.