Senator David Umaru representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly has said that the recent vote of confidence passed on the Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was aimed at protecting the integrity and independence of the Senate.
The senator who spoke with journalists in Minna yesterday, explained that the lawmakers have exerted their authority by that singular act to prove that they are not rubber stamp and would not act as such.
The senator noted that they were empowered to elect their leaders from among themselves by section 50 of the 1999 Constitution and Orders II and VI of the Standing Orders of the Senate and it was not a crime to stand against external forces.
He said, “The law did not say that senators should elect leaders for a president or a party. Besides, this president had maintained a principled stance of non-interference and prepared to work with anyone who would emerge as leader in the National Assembly”.
“The recently concluded election of the National Assembly leaders was purely based on the wisdom and sentiments of the lawmakers to elect from among themselves who they wanted.