Ndume ‘Protests can’t force any Senator out of office,’ Senate Leader says

Ndume made the comment on Tuesday, April 27, 2016, in reaction to a demonstration organized at the National Assembly to demand Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s resignation.

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Senate Leader, Ali Ndume has said that no protest can force a Senator to resign his position.

Ndume made the comment on Tuesday, April 27, 2016, in reaction to a demonstration organized at the National Assembly to demand Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s resignation.

Protesters at National Assembly in Abuja on April 26, 2016 play

Protesters at National Assembly in Abuja on April 26, 2016

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“That is why we are not trying to say anything about them because what is happening out there is a very dangerous precedence that we are trying to set,” he said according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“I contested to represent Borno South. I did not force myself on my people and therefore somebody out there, especially the one that did not elect me cannot force me out because I didn’t come in by force.

“I came in by ballot not by gun, not by placard, I have posters not placards. So, if for example, I am short of performance and my constituents feel that they do not have time to waste, there is a clear-cut process by which they can ask me to be recalled.

“They will collect signatures, ask for me to be recalled, that is the democratic way, not by coming in here to stand and say you want to occupy NASS. You occupy NASS to do what, to be leader or to be senator? It does not work that way,” he added.

The protesters invaded the National Assembly on Tuesday and also expressed anger at the recent purchase of expensive vehicles by the Senate.

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