By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—Fol-lowing several moves by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to change Principal Officers of the Senate, Senate Chairman on Public Accounts, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, has insisted that it would be difficult to effect such a change unless they were able to muster 2/3 which is 72 lawmakers.
Senator Urhoghide, who spoke to Vanguard in an interview in Benin City, Edo State, explained that the “Only way to remove Saraki from that seat, everybody must get it clear, is that the Senators must gather 2/3 which is 72.
“Senators will only vote against him, but ofcourse, they do not have the number, even in Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. APC does not have the number, whether they are 53, or whether they are 58, whether they are 60, they cannot remove him, whether we are 58 in PDP, whether they are 60, they cannot remove him.
“Saraki can only be removed when there is co-operation between the two parties. They can never get these numbers. So if you open the door, you break into the Chambers and you carry the maze, you cannot swear yourself in, it is illegal.
“We too have to vote for you even if we come back and they say, okay, the first one you did three years ago, you were Senate President, now step down, start re-election, and we take that decision to say, okay, we want to start re-election, we will still re-elect him.
“APC senators will vote for Saraki to return. This time, and mark it, he will not have less than 80 senators who will vote for him. He will get over 2/3, even though he needs only a simple majority to become the Senate President.”