Saraki Stirs Another War With FG, Gives Counter Directive To Reject New Clerk of National Assembly

The embattled President of Nigerian Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki may have stir another supremacy battle with the Federal Government as he has rejected the newly appointed Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Mohammed Sani-Omolori.

The Senate President in a letter to the National Assembly Service Commission directed the commission to withdraw the appointment of Sani Omolori as acting clerk of the assembly.

The appointment of Mohammed Sani-Omolori, was announced on Wednesday, but he was to assume office on May 13, replacing Salisu Maikasuwa who will commence his pre-retirement leave on May 14.

Saraki in a letter written by Isa Galadau, chief of staff to the Senate President, to Adamu Fika, chairman of the commission,  the senate president said he was misled and misinformed by Fika.

He opined that Benedict Efeturi, deputy clerk of the national assembly, who once acted as clerk, ought to have been the head of the bureaucracy of the legislature based on seniority.

“We present to you the compliments of the president of the senate and chairman of the national assembly, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON. Please recall that during your last meeting with the senate president on April 20, 2016, the procedure of the appointment of the acting clerk of the national assembly was discussed,” the letter read.

“The commission was directed to follow due process and ensure that seniority is adhered to. Of course, Mr Benedict Efeturi who is deputy clerk of the national assembly (DCNA) and who has previously acted as the clerk of the national assembly should be the first to be considered.

“The president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives were informed that Mr. Efeturi was not considered for the appointment because he was not duly appointed as deputy clerk of the national assembly.

“On further enquiry, we found out that he was duly appointed by the National Assembly Service Commission vide extract from minutes of its 403rd meeting held on Friday, 21st November, 2014.

“From the foregoing, you have misled and misinformed the president of the senate and speaker of the house of representatives.
“Consequently, I am directed by His Excellency, the senate president, to inform you that the letter appointing Mr Sani Omolori as acting clerk of the national assembly be withdrawn immediately for further consultations.”

With this development, Saraki may have to contend with the Presidency and Federal government, should he insist on his directive to be implemented by the commission.

Below is Saraki’s Letter:

21st April, 2016
The Chairman
National Assembly Service Commission
TOS Benson Street, Utako,
Abuja

Withdrawal of Letter of Appointment of Acting Clerk of National Assembly

We present to you the compliments of the President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON. Please recall that during your last meeting with the Senate President on April 20, 2016, the procedure of the appointment of the Acting Clerk of the National Assembly was discussed.

The Commission was directed to follow due process and ensure that seniority is adhered to. Of course, Mr Benedict Efeturi who is Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly (DCNA) and who has previously acted as the Clerk of the National Assembly should be the first to be considered.
The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives were informed that Mr. Efeturi was not considered for the appointment because he was not duly appointed as Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly. On further enquiry, we found he was duly appointed by the National Assembly Service Commission vide Extract from Minutes of its 403rd Meeting held on Friday, 21st November, 2014.

From the foregoing, you have misled and misinformed the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Consequently, I am directed by His Excellency, the Senate President, to inform you that the letter appointing Mr Sani Omolori as Acting Clerk of the National Assembly, be withdrawn immediately for further consultations.

Please accept the assurances of my warmest regards.

Sen. Isa Galaudu
Chief of Staff to the Senate President

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