Ndume Lashed Out,”No Protest Can Force Any Senator Out Of Office”


In reaction to the protests staged by the “Occupy National Assembly” group, the leader of the Senate, Mohammed Ali-Ndume, said on Tuesday that no amount of protest would force any legislator to resign.

Mr. Ndume said this in reference to the group’s call for the resignation of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. According to him, there is a democratic process for recalling any senator, adding that protest was not the constitutionally recognised process.

He described the protest as a “wrong precedence and anti-democratic”.

“That is why we are not trying to say anything about them because what is happening out there is a very dangerous precedence that we are trying to set.

“I contested to represent Borno South.

“I did not force myself on my people and therefore somebody out there, especially the one that did not elect me cannot force me out because I didn’t come in by force.

“I came in by ballot not by gun, not by placard, I have posters not placards.

“So, if for example, I am short of performance and my constituents feel that they do not have time to waste, there is a clear-cut process by which they can ask me to be recalled.

“They will collect signatures, ask for me to be recalled, that is the democratic way, not by coming in here to stand and say you want to occupy NASS.

“You occupy NASS to do what, to be leader or to be senator? It does not work that way.”

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Report from NAN said that the “Occupy National Assembly” protesters rallied at the National Assembly to demand the resignation or impeachment of Mr. Saraki. They also called on legislators to conclude all issues on the 2016 budget, return their luxury cars and cut their 115 billion budget

Meanwhile, another group was also mobilised to counter the call for Mr. Saraki’s resignation, saying the group calling for Saraki’s resignation was anti-Nigeria.