Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has written the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, explaining why the Senate could not abide by the directives of the party in sharing its principal officer positions.
Saraki, in a letter dated June 25, 2015, said that Odigie-Oyegun’s letter to him on the above subject matter came a bit late as the different caucuses of the Senate had already met and named their leaders, even as he explained that the position taken by the party was at variance with parliamentary conventions.
The letter signed by Saraki and entitled “Re: Party position on Principal Officers of the 8th Senate,” read:
“With reference to your letter no. APC/NHDQ/01/015/05, dated, 23rd June, 2015, in respect of the captioned subject matter, forwarding the names of the principal officers for the Senate.
“The said letter was received after the various APC caucuses had taken their decisions to nominate candidates as principal officers of the senate in line with parliamentary conventions and extant provisions of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended (Chapter V1, rules 28,29&31 refers). This was a follow-up to the prior APC Senate caucus meeting held on 23rd June, 2015.
“Accordingly, the letters transmitting the decision of the APC Senate caucuses do not conform to the recommendations as contained in your letter under reference.(Please see annexure 1, 2 and 3attached herewith).
“Furthermore, whilst one is strongly persuaded to toe party line and in line with the suggested party position regrettably clear provisions of our extant rules and standard parliamentary conventions have not given me the leeway to act otherwise. Therefore, my hands are tied in the circumstances and I seek your understanding in this regard.
“However, I wish to state without equivocation that I remain loyal to our great party and its leadership and also fully committed to the change agenda of Mr, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Meanwhile, kindly accept the assurances of my highest esteem.”