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Published On: Wed, Jun 10th, 2015

Senate Presidency: Lawan Threatens Saraki with Court Action as Remi Tinubu Refuses Saraki’s Handshake

Senator Bukola Saraki

Senator Bukola Saraki


LAGOS JUNE 10TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Senator Ahmed Lawan of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of the candidates jostling for the position of Senate Presidency of the 8th upper legislative session has threatened to approach court over the manner the election of the National Assembly and inauguration were conducted yesterday.
Lawan disclosed this Wednesday morning in Abuja at a press conference with some of his APC supporters in the Senate.
He argued that quorum was not formed at the Tuesday’s election adding that was a strong factor for the exercise to be have been put on hold.
Consequently, he stated that the action of the Senate was illegal, hence, would be heading to court to challenge it in court.

The action of Senator Lawan-led APC Senators might actually be the manifestation of the party’s position yesterday, which in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed rejected the outcome of the Senate and House elections; described them as unacceptable, as well as a demonstration of indiscipline to the party hierarchy.
Senator Bukola Saraki and Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogora were Tuesday elected the new Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives as against the choice of the leadership of the ruling APC who are backing Senator Lawan and Hon Femi Gbajabiamila for the two positions.
In another development, while twenty eight Senators supporting Senator Ahmed Lawan on Wednesday took their oath conducted by the clerk of the Senate with a handshake with Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, Senator Remi Tinubu, wife Bola Ahmed Tinubu refused to shake hand with Bukola Saraki.
After taking their oath each Senator including Ahmed Lawan took turn to have a handshake hand with the President of the Senate.
However, Senator Oluremi Tinubu declined the handshake extended to her by Saraki as she went back to her seat.

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