BREAKING: Protesters Storm National Assembly, Ask Saraki To ResignFeatured, Latest News, News Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja
Protesters in their hundreds have besieged the National Assembly kicking against the planned suspension of Senator Kabiru Marafa from Zamfara over his alleged unguided statements, instead the protesters are demanding the resignation of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
The Senate had last week Tuesday, upon submissions made by Senators Haman Isa Misau (APC Bauchi Central) and Mathew Urhogide (PDP Edo South), mandated its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition, to investigate Marafa on alleged despicable remarks he made against the Senate in the interview and report back to it today.
While Marafa was absent at the committee’s sitting on Monday, the committee insisted that it would submit its report today (Tuesday) on the floor of the senate with high possibility of recommending his suspension based on evidential submissions further made against him by Senator Urhogide who served as the Chief petitioner in the absence of Senator Misau.
However, the group, under the aegis of Open Society Coalition, demanded for the immediate resignation of the Senate President in order for him to focus on his trial at the CCT.
Saraki is currently facing trial at the Code of Conduct tribunal over alleged false declaration of assets.
The group displayed banners with various inscriptions at the entrance of the National Assembly.
Among the messages displayed on their placards read : “Suspend Saraki, not Marafa”; “Stop suspending members, leave the Senate and face CCT”; “Democracy survives in inclusiveness, not in suspending people of different opinion”; and “National Assembly, centre of Democracy not Fascist centre”.
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