The All Progressives Congress (APC) says senators should reject Senate President Bukola Saraki just like delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did at the weekend.
The national assembly will resume Tuesday after more than seven weeks of recess.
During the recess, the APC repeatedly called on Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, to vacate their offices.
At the PDP convention to pick a presidential candidate, Saraki polled 317 votes. Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto, polled 693 votes to come second.
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar polled 1,532 votes to emerge PDP presidential flag bearer.
In a statement, Yekini Nabena, acting spokesman of the APC, said Saraki’s “disappointing” performance at the convention is an end “to the ambition of a greedy, untrustworthy and double-dealing politician”.
Nabena said as senate president, Saraki has always been at loggerheads with the executive.
“The delegates of the PDP have rejected Saraki as their presidential candidate. Let the Senators also do likewise by rejecting the greedy, deceitful and unreliable Senate President as their leader. A new President of the Senate, free from all allegations of criminality is needed now,” the statement read.
“The disappointing performance of Sen. Bukola Saraki at the presidential election convention of the PDP is a befitting end to the ambition of a greedy, untrustworthy and double-dealing politician.
“With a miserly 317 votes, behind Aminu Tambuwal’s 693 votes and Atiku Abubakar’s 1532 votes, the PDP delegates have given clear indication that they are fed up with Saraki’s political style. When a leader cannot be trusted, cannot be relied upon, and cannot keep agreements, the people take due cognisance and records of these actions and respond with their votes at the appropriate time.
“How will someone who emerged senate president through conspiracy with members of the opposition Party and against the wishes and interests of his own party be trusted to be elected as the presidential candidate of a party? Even on his being elected to the position, did Saraki acquit himself creditably?
“Throughout Saraki’s tenure as senate president, it has been one confrontation between the national assembly leadership with the executive or another.
“Confirmation of executive nominees sent to the senate has been delayed unnecessarily, annual national budgets delayed. For instance, the supplementary budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 general election is continually delayed due to Saraki’s selfish political machinations.
“A selfish Saraki will rather than perform his constitutional legislative functions by ensuring timely consideration and passage of executive bills, will rather sabotage the efforts of the executive in furtherance of his treacherous politics.”
Nabena said Saraki could not continue to preside over the senate which is dominated by the APC.
“Having sabotaged the President Muhammadu Buhari government while in the APC, he later showed his true colours by formally joining the opposition PDP,” the statement read.
“The APC bade him goodbye as he returned to the looters club where he belongs. However, in doing so, Saraki must do the needful by giving up the senate president position. He should be a distinguished senator in name and in deed. He cannot continue to preside over the APC-dominated senate as a member of the minority PDP.” (The Cable )