As the battle for the control of the National Assembly rages between the federal lawmakers of the ruling All Progressives Congress and their Peoples Democratic Party counterparts, officers of the caucuses of the parties have disagreed on the possibility of the removal of the presiding officers of the chambers.
According to Ali Ndume, the two-thirds majority stipulated by the Constitution to remove the President of the Senate or Speaker of the House of Representatives is based on which party the presiding officer belongs to.
Ndume said, “The removal that the Constitution is talking about is in the party. For example, if he is a member of the APC, it will require two-thirds to remove him. But if he is not a member of the APC, he cannot be the Senate President.
“The two-thirds that the Constitution is referring to is that since we have elected him by simple majority as we did, we cannot remove him until we have two-thirds. But if he moves to another party, then he should not be the Senate President at all.”