Bukola Saraki, the Nigeria Senate president, has said he will not step down from the Senate presidency until he runs his term out.
He also said the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not remove him as Senate president as it does not possess the number to force him out of office, ThisDay Newspaper reports.
He made this statement while speaking to journalists in Minna, Niger State, after a visit to former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida.
Mr Saraki’s latest visit to the former president is the second in the last one month. He had in August paid him a visit at his home town.
Prior to that, he also visited another former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Although Mr Saraki did not state the reason for his visit to Mr Babangida, it is, however, believed it has to do with his presidential ambition.
The national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has repeatedly asked Mr Saraki to step down as senate president following his defection to the PDP.
A suit on the issue was also filed in the Federal High Court Abuja – a suit which the federal government asked the court to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction.
The senate president had told leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at its secretariat in the state capital that the party was in the majority in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
“They know that we are in the majority, and whatever they want to do, they know that they don’t have the number.