Following the reshuffling of leadership of Senate committees, peace has returned to the senate and the wishes of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has been done, says Senator Kabir Marafa.
Marafa, a member of the Unity Forum that has been at loggerheads with the leadership of the Senate, stated this while speaking with newsmen after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.’
He noted that reshuffling of the committees was a result of the efforts of the APC leadership to end the crisis rocking the Senate.
Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, appointed members of the Unity Party as chairmen of ‘juicy’ committees. The Unity party had opposed the emergence of Saraki as the Senate President and had made his tenure difficult.
Marafa who was the the National Identity and National Population Committee was reappointed as the Chairman of the Petroleum Resources Committee (Downstream) -a supposedly ‘juicy’ committee.
He said: “Reshuffling of committees is nothing new in any parliament. Maybe what made that of Thursday a bit new is the circumstances that surrounded the emergence of the present leadership in the Senate and what followed.
“In the last few days, the party has been on top of the situation, trying to reconcile their children. The APC caucus in the Senate has been badly fragmented and the party wants to see an end to that.
“What you see now is a result of the efforts the party has been putting in place in the last few days.”
The senator noted that the disagreement with Saraki was about party loyalty and not personal.
“Yes peace has returned to the Senate, as long as the party comes in and the wish of the party is respected, there will always be peace.
“I have always been telling people that we are not at loggerheads with anybody. It is not that we hate somebody. The current President of the Senate has remained one of my close friends and seniors in the Senate.
“What you saw happened is what I will describe as loyalty to the party. The constitution of Nigeria recognises political parties, not individuals.
“So when we came in and the party said this is the line we should toe, some of us went that way because that is the most sensible thing to do.
“If the party today says enough of everything and that everything should stop, it will stop immediately. We will always be obedient to our party. I will never abandon the course of my party.”
Marafa further said that the party would decide to withdraw the forgery case filed against Saraki and others.
He stated that he came to the Presidential Villa to seek the blessing of the President on his new responsibility since Buhari was the Minister of Petroleum Resources.
that’s what it has always been about
we can see dese senators were neva fighting 4 d interest of d common man;it wz 4 deir own interests.He even talked abt case withdraw
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