Former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mufutau Egberongbe, has said Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, can still make the country proud by resigning honourably following proofs that the Senate rules under which he emerged as Senate President was forged.
Following the discovery of forgery of the senate rules with which Saraki was elected as Senate president by the police, prominent Nigerians and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress have called on him to resign so as to restore the dignity of the senate.
Since the emergence of Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as President and Deputy Senate president in June, peace has eluded the senate over the manner the duo emerged especially over the issue of forged senate rules.
Egberongbe who represented Apapa constituency 1 in the 7th Lagos Assembly, wondered why politicians could throw away morality in their desperation to hold on to power. “In whose interest was the Senate rules forged? Is it in the interest of the masses or some individual? Definitely, it is not in the interest of the masses.
“As it were, moral persuasion forms part of the characteristics of a leader, but this is suffering in the present circumstance. Therefore, the man should just honourably resign and apologise to Nigerians.
“Even if he feigns ignorance of the fact that the rules were forged, he should still resign on moral ground and save history and serve as a model for upcoming youths,” Egberongbe said.
He urged the APC to use all disciplinary measures to ensure that Saraki does not become a canker worm that would infect other members of the party in terms of party discipline.
Egberongbe lamented that Saraki was creating a bad precedent for other members of the party with the way he emerged as the Senate President.
According to him, “Most of the issues bedeviling this country bother on morals-dishonesty, stealing of government money and forms of such inhuman activities. If there are morals, issues of corruption would be a thing of the past. Your morality is your personality. Therefore, persons of high moral decadence are not right to lead us. He should honourably resign,” the former lawmaker said.