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No Clash Between Senate, Buhari – Wakili

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 at 2:58 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu  –  Bauchi


Senator representing Bauchi South at the National Assembly, Senator Ali Wakili, has refuted the allegation that there is misunderstanding between President Muhammad Buhari and the Senate.

Mallam Ali Wakili

Mallam Ali Wakili

Wakili stated this in Bauchi on Monday while reacting to report in one of the national dailies, not Daily Independent, that there is a clash between the Presidency and the Senate.

The report stated that the President is instigating the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Anastasia Nwaobia, not to honour an invitation by the upper chamber.

He cautioned against over-heating the polity through such propaganda thereby creating bad blood between the presidency and the upper chamber.

He said: “I wonder how some people are trying to destabilize the nation through false propaganda by creating bad blood between the National Assembly and the President.

“As one of the Senators that supported the Senate President, I know for sure that neither Saraki nor any supporter of Saraki has the idea of fighting with the Presidency.

“The power of the presidency and that of the Senate and the Judiciary are spelt out in section 4, 5 and 6 of the Constitution.

“Similarly, if you go to the Constitution on issue of over-sight function, you will discover that the National Assembly has over-sight function on all government activities that will not warrant that there is going to be a clash between the National Assembly and the Presidency, especially under President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We are sick and tired because our names are being dragged in the mud, our constituents are asking us questions that, why are you quarrelling with Mr. President?

“We are taken our time to explain that there is no quarrel between Mr. President and the Senate.

“President Buhari has accepted Bukola Saraki as the Senate President because he has translated letter of congratulations to Bukola Saraki and the National Assembly, so the issue that Mr. President does not recognize Bukola Saraki is not true.

“Senator Bukola Saraki is not in any way ready to have any clash with the presidency not to talk of the fact that because Permanent Secretary does not attest to a letter calling on her and the governor of the Central Bank to attend a meeting of the Senate leadership will amount to us having a quarrel with the Presidency.”