Governing party alleges plot to stop Senate President’s impeachment

Aanya Igonmu, Abuja


Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, of attempting to carry out a violent plot to stop his impeachment.

In a statement signed by the APC Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yekini Nabena, the party said the actions of the security operatives at the National Assembly on Tuesday forestalled the violent plot from being carried out at the legislative chambers.

The APC said its investigation into the National Assembly incident revealed the following:

“We are now aware that the timely intervention of the security operatives forestalled the planned violence which could have led to possible deaths, injuries and destruction of property in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

“Why did the Senate President mobilise thugs to the National Assembly who almost lynched Hon. E.J. Agbonayinma, the only APC federal lawmaker present but for the timely intervention of security operatives.

“Why did the Senate President reconvene the National Assembly? Ostensibly as a pre-emptive move to frustrate federal lawmakers move to impeach him.

“Is it not curious that only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) federal lawmakers were present in their numbers-some as early as 7am, while the majority APC federal lawmakers were elsewhere holding a caucus meeting on the state of the nation,” the statement read.

The APC called on the security agencies to probe these findings and take legitimate actions to stop illegal actions that pose a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.

The party called on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to resign his position as the Senate president.

“We reiterate our call for the Senate President to resign from the position immediately as he no longer has the moral and legitimate ground to occupy that position as a member of the minority PDP. Going by the popular axiom, ‘the majority will have their way, but the minority will have their say.

“As espoused in our earlier statement, whilst our contention with the leadership of the National Assembly as currently constituted is a matter of public record, we still believe that the legislature as an independent arm of government must be allowed free reign for vibrant contestation of ideas and values amongst its members within the context of their constitutional mandate and for the benefit of the Nigerian people,” the statement read.