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Senators deny boycotting House of Assembly vote

10 June 2015, 16:06

Abuja - A group of senators, under the platform of the Unity Forum, have rejected the election of Bukola Saraki as the Senate President.

The legislators, while addressing journalists at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, also refuted reports they boycotted the poll to choose House leaders, as has been widely reported.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Banabas Gemade, said they were attending a meeting with President Mohammed Buhari at the International Conference Centre.

“We did not boycott the inauguration, we were invited to a meeting with President Mohammed Buhari at the International Conference Centre, Gemade said.

Also read: Saraki's emergence: 51 APC senators absent

He said the members that voted did not constitute a quorum.

"When 53 Senators are outside during the nomination it is totally wrong to close the nomination,” Gemade said.

In his reaction, George Akume said the election of Senate President through a ballot without 53 legislators was "wrong."

"Before we could rush from the venue of the meeting with the President, the election was over," said Akume.

Bukola was elected on Tuesday.

- CAJ News


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