The threats of removing Senate President Bukola Saraki from office have come to nought as Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators, Ahmad Lawan, on Friday declared that such action was not in the overall national interest. Lawan, made the pronouncement in an interview with State House correspondents at the Aso Rock Villa after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari. The position of the APC lawmakers run contrary to the directive issued to them by their party chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, that Saraki must be impeached for defecting from APC to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Senate Majority Leader, who had issued the threats severally before the lawmakers resumed plenary from over two months of recess, explained that it had now been agreed that national interest must override partisan interests of any of the feuding political parties. His words: “The National Assembly will continue to remain focused on national issues, we must be patriotic, nationalistic and we must put national interest above individual, parochial or partisan interest. “We definitely have to bury our hatchets for us to work for Nigeria and Nigerians. Perhaps that might have informed the disappointment of many people that there would be crisis in the National Assembly. “Disagreements are usual, in fact they are very practical components of any parliament. When you have two to three parties or even within parties, you will have views that may differ. It is traditional, it is usual for us to disagree, but for now our focus is on national interest. “The National Assembly is a Nigerian parliament, therefore the best thing to do is to ensure that Nigerians get a good deal and for now the good deal is for Nigeria to have all those pending request of Mr. President approved by the National Assembly. I think the national interest for now override any other interest.” He recalled that the focus of the lawmakers upon resumption from recess was on the President’s request for the funding of INEC for elections to be conducted in 2019. “We passed the request of Mr. President for N189 billion for INEC activities for 2019. On Thursday the Committee on Appropriation invited the head of the security agencies to come and defend the request that Mr. President made on their behalf for funding of their supervisory and oversight roles during the elections in 2019. “We also had the referral of the request of Mr. President approval for foreign loan component of the 2018 appropriation and that is about $2.78billion Eurobond. “We have also in the Senate passed confirmations of the CBN deputy governor, ICPC governing body and we are determined to continue to do this throughout this period.”{cmp_comments idkey='778c'[]}{idkey='9995c'[]}