By David Odama
The former Kaduna State governor, Ahmed Makarfi has position that it was unconstitutional and unlawful to call for Saraki’s resignation from his positionas the senate president.
Makarfi who spoke at the PDP Secretariat in Minna, Niger State, on Saturday advised those calling for Saraki’s resignation to leave him alone as Senate President irrespective of the party he belongs for the interest of peace and unity of the country.
The immediate past care taker committee chairman explained that Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara were elected based on the provisions of the constitution and not on party platform.
He challenged those making such demands to read the constitution and leave them alone to carry out their duties in a well-dignified manner.
“The position of the presiding officers of the National Assembly, based on the constitution of Nigeria is an election of one among equals based on voting irrespective of party affiliation. The constitution said that the Senators are to elect among themselves, it did not say that it must be from a majority party.
“Positions tied to party affiliation are the positions like the majority and minority leaders and Chief Whips along with their deputies. Therefore Senator Bukola Saraki, Ike Ekweremadu, and Dogara should be left alone because they are elected based on the provision of the constitution and their continued stay irrespective of the party they belong to is constitutional, it is lawful and it is democratic,” he said.