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.”