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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Saraki in trouble as APC senators, NWC declare war


Saraki in trouble as APC senators, NWC declare war



The political chess game between the All Progressives
Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has continued to
rage as both parties continued their battle of words over President of
the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki.





The APC National Working Committee (NWC) and its lawmakers at a
meeting, yesterday, insisted that being in the minority, Saraki could no
longer preside over the senate.



National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, in his opening
remarks at the meeting, insisted that there was no going back on the
removal of Saraki.




“The minority can always have their say and the majority will have
their way at the Senate. If they have only 49, and the APC have 56, they
will tell us anywhere in the world where the minority will produce the
leaders of the house.




“We cannot be subjected to a minority rule in Nigeria. Whether
Senator Saraki likes it or not, he can only take the part of honour by
allowing the APC to take its rightful lead of the Senate. If not, he
would be impeached lawfully and democratically.




“Going to court to stop his impeachment will be an exercise in
futility. It is the senate that would determine who would lead them. As
the governing party, we are committed to leading with example. In
everything we do, we ensure it is in the provisions of the law,
including the impeachment of Senator Saraki,” he noted.




Apparently to ginger the lawmakers into action, Oshiomhole said: “We
have very important issues which requires the NASS to deliberate on
before the presiding officers hurriedly adjourned the Assembly. The issue of obtaining foreign loans, without which the government cannot perform, the virement and the president’s request for the approval if N242 billion for INEC







“You must act to actualise these, so that the country will not shut
down as expected by Saraki. These issues require your serious attention
to ensure that government gets the required assistance to provide the
dividends of democracy to Nigerians.”




The ruling party also fired another salvo as it claimed that it had
discovered plans by the opposition party to organise thugs to attack
some of its senators as part of its plans to stall the removal of
Saraki.


In a statement signed by its acting National Publicity Secretary,
Yekini Nabena, the ruling party appealed to security agencies to make
special security arrangements to protect the APC Senators.


It equally accused Saraki of inducing senators to avert his impeachment.




However, both Saraki and the PDP dismissed the claims as childish and
laughable, even as they accused the leadership of the APC of
involvement in brigandage.




According to the APC: “We were informed that the plot was hatched in
the private residence of a PDP leader in Maitama-Abuja on Sunday night.
The meeting was attended by 15 pro-Saraki senators including the senate
president himself.




“We learnt that the PDP expressed worry over the APC’s Senate
majority and considered several options to stop the APC from taking over
the senate leadership among which is attacking some APC senators to ensure their inability to attend legislative sittings.”



Explaining how the APC planned to carry out the attack, the APC
leadership said: “The PDP have recruited thugs for this purpose, we have
now learnt. During Sunday’s meeting, the PDP Senators planned several
types of attack, one of which is to lure some of them (APC Senators) out
at night in the guise of inviting senators to a political settlement
meeting and thereafter instigate a violent confrontation during the
meeting and unleash standby PDP thugs on APC Senators.”




But media adviser to Saraki, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, who said his
principal would not be dragged into APC’s latest diatribe, said it was
unfortunate that such an allegation was coming from a ruling party.
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