Senate President Bukola Saraki has explained to the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun that his letter on the position of the party with regard to the election of Principal Officers of the Senate was belated, just as he admitted that his hands were tied.
In a reply to Oyegun’s letter, Senate President Saraki noted that the party’s letter came after the APC Zonal Caucuses had taken their decision to nominate candidates as Principal Officers in the Senate.
He said though he remained a loyal APC member, there was no way he would have gone contrary to the senate rules and guidelines as his hands were tied. It would be recalled that the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun had on Tuesday written the Senate
President, Senator Bukola Saraki where the names of the party’s preferred candidates for the four positions were contained. They are, Senate Majority Leader (North east-Senator
Ahmad Lawan); Deputy Majority Leader (North central-
Senator George Akume); Senate Chief Whip (South west-
Senator Olusola Adeyeye) and Deputy Chief Whip (North west-Senator Abu Ibrahim).
Senator Saraki’s letter to Oyegun read in part: “whilst one is strongly persuaded to toe party line and act in accordance with the suggested party position, regrettably, clear provision of our extant rules and standard preliminarily convention have not given that leeway to act otherwise. Therefore, my hands are tied in the circumstances and I seek your understanding in this regard.”