President Muhammadu Buhari has denied any involvement in the unfolding political drama in Benue State. 

The President said he will never be part of any unconstitutional act, that would undermine the country's democracy.

Buhari was reacting to attempts by some political actors to link him with the impeachment plot against Governor Samuel Ortom.

On Monday, eight members of the Benue Assembly threatened to begin an impeachment proceedings against Governor Samuel Ortom who, last week, switched allegiance from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), along with 22 members of the state legislature.

As the drama of defection played out, the Speaker Terkimbir Ikyange was impeached and later suspended. A pro-tempore Speaker was elected. The deposed Speaker on Monday announced the beginning of an impeachment proceeding against Ortom.

Many people including Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara had accused the President of being the brain behind the impeachment plot.

Attempt Will Not Stick

Both Saraki and Dogara are allegedly on their way to joining Ortom in the PDP.

But in a scathing statement, Buhari distanced himself from the whole drama.

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Buhari in the statement released by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said any attempt to link him with the inglorious past, when minority number of lawmakers impeached governors, will not stick.

The statement reads: “Even while attending the ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit in Togo, strident attempts were being made to drag President Muhammadu Buhari into the unfolding drama between the executive and the legislature in Benue State.

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“Statements have been issued by different interest groups, insinuating that the President may have a hand in the development in Benue. This is paranoia at its worst, coming from people who have wittingly positioned themselves against the clean-up of the country, and the way we do things. They prefer business as usual.

“President Buhari will never be part of any unconstitutional act, and any attempt to link him with the inglorious past, when minority number of lawmakers impeached governors, will not stick. It will simply be like water off the duck’s back.

“Those with open minds know this, but those who cavil would rather source everything untoward to the President. It is murky ground in which they are now marooned, as fallout of their resistance to change in the country.

“When it suits them, they preach separation of powers and true federalism, and in another breath, they call on the President to interfere brazenly in affairs at state level.

“President Buhari will always stand by all that is noble and fair, and will reject attempts to drag him into infamy. People who stoke fires by deliberate acts of omission or commission, and then summon the President to come and put it out will find that this President will be guided by the Constitution at all times, no matter the attempt to entangle him in unwarranted controversies".

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