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'Saraki snubbed Buhari to become Senate President'

11 June 2015, 13:00

Abuja - Fresh facts have emerged on the intrigues surrounding the emergence of Bukola Saraki as the Senate President.

Saraki and the Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa actually defied President Muhammadu Buhari to conduct Tuesday’s election that produced Saraki as the new Senate President, reports The Nation.

Buhari had requested the National Assembly to shift the time of the inauguration of the Senate for the meeting between him and the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers to hold.

Also read: APC rejects Saraki, Dogara

Garba Shehu, Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, stated that the President had reached out to Saraki and the cCerk that he would be meeting with the lawmakers before their inauguration.

He noted that respect should have been given to the President, even if the outcome would have been the same.

He noted that Buhari declined to meet the 51 APC lawmakers at the International Conference Centre (ICC) because the process of the election of the Senate President had already begun as he was about to leave his house for the meeting.

Garba noted that the point of going to the ICC was lost once the process of election had begun.

Read more at The Nation.

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