Impeachment Threat: Group Of Lawmakers Claim PDP Toppled Joint Session
The peel of the banana eaten under water is floating and again Nigerians are being treated to another drama.
There appears to be a division among the lawmakers at the National Assembly over the resolution issued on Tuesday.
Some, apparently a minority, are claiming it was not a general consensus, even though the resolution was read by the Senate President.
They address themselves are the Parliamentary Support Group of the Senate and House of Representatives and they are claiming that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) toppled the National Assembly on Tuesday and championed the resolution.
Is Saraki a member of the PDP now? someone will ask.
But the group is alleging that all members that spoke at Tuesday’s joint session that was held behind-closed door were mainly members of the PDP.
Leading the group is the man that just came back from suspension. Abdulmumin Jibrin.
He made the claim in a statement in Abuja, issued on behalf of the group after a 12-point resolution calling on the executive to implement them or risk a constitutional sanction.
“Almost all the members and senators that spoke at the Executive Session are of the PDP while members of the APC declined joining the discussion to avoid a rowdy confrontation,” he said.
The member of the House of Representatives who represents a constituency in Kano State said he observed that the Speaker, House of Representatives, “tactically” refused to make any comment at the session “even after the Senate President took time to explain the issues which are mostly personal”.
We Must Exercise Caution
He alleged that a known ally of the Senate President from Kwara, Rasak Atunwa, drafted what was adopted as the resolution of the session without allowing for voting.
“It is disturbing and raised many questions of pre-determined intentions,” Jibrin said.
He said most of the issues raised during the session, concerning the fight against corruption, insecurity and the rule of law had earlier been severally discussed in the Senate and the House and various resolutions passed.
“We commend the efforts of Mr President in the fight against corruption, tackling of the insecurity challenges and respect for rule of law and democratic institutions. Mr President is known for his non interference policy.
“Every Senator or Member of the House who has corruption or criminal allegation against him or her should clear his or her name without dragging the entire institution of the National Assembly into the matter, Jibrin said.
He advised the National Assembly to look inward and address issues suffocating senators and members with dissenting or contrary opinion through coercion or extra legal means.
“We must exercise caution at this delicate period not to over heat the polity with statements that are capable of dividing the country, embarrassing us before the watching world and creating friction between the legislature and the executive, specifically Mr President.
“We wish to reaffirm our support to Mr President as he works assiduously towards dealing with the challenges of our country,” Jibrin added.