Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja

(L) Senate President, Bukola Saraki

(L) Senate President, Bukola Saraki

The red chamber of the national assembly has passed a vote of confidence of the senate president, Bukola Saraki after it resumed sitting on Tuesday amidst tight security.

Saraki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) got the nod after 81 senators passed a vote of confidence in him and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and leadership of the Senate during the plenary.

The motion was moved by Senator Sam Anyanwu (Imo East) at the resumption of the Senate from four weeks’ recess and supported by Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West).

The motion was in obvious response to the investigations of Ekweremadu and the National Assembly bureaucracy over the allegations of forgery of Senate Standing Orders as well as recent moves by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to investigate Toyin, the wife of the Senate President.

“Considering the sustained interference in the internal affairs of the senate by detractors and media propaganda against the senate and senators by selfish politicians, I therefore move to call on the senate to pass a vote‎ of confidence on the senate president, deputy senate president and the entire senate leadership as presently constituted,” Anyanwu said.

He then called on the Nigeria police force and all other security agencies in Nigeria not to allow themselves to be used by any person or persons to harass, intimidate or blackmail the senate, senators or their spouses.

Eighty one senators then went on to sign the motion.