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Saraki Stops Attempt To Make Him Acting President

Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday stopped an attempt by his colleagues to make him Acting President owing to the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo from the country.

Buhari is the United Kingdom where he is receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment while Osinbajo had been out of the country fro two days to atten the Afrcan Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Senator Eyinanya Abaribe (Abia South), had raised a motion that the country had no President or Acting President at the moment.

This was followed by a counter point, coming through order 53 rule 4 of the Senate standing rules, by Senator Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara Central).

Marafa who cited relevant sections of the Nigerian constitution, said, “if the President is not around, the Vice President should act, and if the Vice President is not around, the Senate President, who is the number 3 citizen should become acting President.”

Saraki however stopped the motion from sailing as he disallowed any seconder or more comments, even when Senators were agitating to support the motion. He quickly ruled Senator Marafa “out of order.”

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