Senate President Bukola Saraki says he will not resign his position despite calls to do so by the ruling All Progressive Congress APC.
Speaking in Abuja at a world press conference, Saraki said he was duly elected as Senate President as an individual and not on party affiliation.
He noted that Tuesday's siege on the National Assembly by masked operatives of the Directorate of State Service DSS was an act of cowardice by those seeking to impeach the leadership of the Senate in flagrant disregard to the law.
Saraki commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for promptly sacking the DSS DG, Lawal Daura while also calling for a thorough investigation on Tuesday's blockade.
Since he announced his defection from the APC, the ruling party has been calling on Mr Saraki to leave the post since his new party, PDP, does not have a majority in the Senate.
Reacting to this on Wednesday, Mr Saraki insisted he will remain in his position so long as he enjoys the support of his colleagues who elected him.
“I will not give in (to pressure). I will not. I was elected by members,” he responded to a question on his plan on calls for his removal.
Mr Saraki said he was not desperate for power, and will not cling on to his position should he lose the confidence of his people.
Mr Saraki said if two-thirds of senators passed a vote of no confidence in him, he would honourably bow out. He urged Nigerians not to be under any illusion that he was a power monger as being peddled by his critics.
Mr Saraki also said Speaker Yakubu Dogara would also step down if substantial majority of members of the House of Representatives withdraw their support for him.
Mr Dogara was seated to the left of Mr Saraki, but did not address the press or take questions.