.R-APC alleges N50m ‘ransom’ on Saraki’s impeachment
The Presidency on Sunday appealed to the National Assembly (NASS) to reconvene as urgent matters pending before it may affect the running of Nigeria and matters affecting Nigerians.
The appeal was made by the Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the con National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang at a news conference in Lagos.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Nigerian Senate, on April 24 adjourned sittings for the next two months.
President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki announced the adjournment at plenary following a motion on the siege on Saraki and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, by security operatives.The Senate is expected to reconvene on September 25.NAN however reports that some of the pending urgent issues before the adjournment included the approval of a supplementary budget to fund the 2018 budget and the 2019 general Elections.
The supplementary funds would enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to commence preparation for the 2019 polls.Also pending are several key appointments for the EFCC, ICPC, Deputy CBN Governor and AMCON among others Enang said although the Senate had lined up those matters before the adjournment, there was need for them to resume because of the urgency required for the approval.
“We are appealing to Senate leadership and all caucuses of the National Assembly to see this as a clarion call for the good of the nation. As the Liaison Officer between NASS and the Federal Government, I know it is not the intention of the lawmakers to make Nigerians suffer.
“The NASS vacation is usually planned to coincide with school vacations so that members can spend time with their children. However this is an election year and the budget has just been appended to hence the urgent need to give approval for Supplementary funds for it.
“We are not compelling them, we are appealing to them. As a liaison officer between the Presidency and the NASS, my duty is to make sure that both arms stay together and work in harmony” he said.On the defections in the house, Enang said it had nothing to do with the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari and that the issues for defection were personal and domestic to the political actors.
According to him, the defections are perennial and usually happen in election years where politicians look for platforms to achieve their aspirations.“In all the defections, they have maintained that they do not have problems with the federal government. There is too much competition within the major political parties. Politicians study the platforms and would not want to be where they may not get the tickets especially for those seeking re-election. Some need automatic tickets but their party may say no.
“Defections are not a sign of anything to worry about in a political party. None of the defectors is complaining about executive treatment of their people but about winning nominations for tickets outside,” he added. Meanwhile, the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) has alleged plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, to enforce leadership change in the Senate.
The break-away R-APC group also alleged that the APC was seriously considering inducing some PDP Senators with as much as N50 million each, to impeach and install Senator Abdullahi Adamu as the new Senate President.The allegations were contained in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the R-APC Prince Kazeem Afegbua, on Sunday in Abuja
Afegbua alleged the plot was the product of a high -powered meeting of the leadership of the APC and top government functionaries including the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
The statement read in part: “The rumours making the rounds that Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, would be impeached by crook or hook has remained unabated in the last few days. We can bring you news that the disputed leadership of the APC, working in cahoot with the Attorney General and Minister of Justice coupled with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation have perfected their plans to apply Gestapo methods to forcefully unseat the Senate President.
“A high-powered meeting of these persons was held at the Maitama residence of the disputed Chairman of the APC on Thursday, 2nd August, 2018 where they brainstormed on the possible ways to carry out their illegality. The meeting which lasted for three hours, insider source confirmed to us at the R-APC, explored both legal and illegal approach to execute the assignment of ensuring that Dr. Bukola Saraki ceases to be the Senate President.
“Having met a brick wall going by the legal processes involved before the Senate can be re-opened, the disputed APC leadership is toying with the barbaric idea of forcefully opening the National Assembly, reconvene the Senate and use the Senators of the APC to preside over the planned impeachment. Senator Abdullahi Adamu has been penciled down to succeed Distinguished Senator Bukola Saraki, amidst a host of other changes in the Senate’s principal officers.
“Once the Senate leadership is overthrown in a coup d’etat manner, the Senate will immediately consider the virement budget of the INEC and also approves the pending nominations in the Senate. Part of the plot was to reach out to some PDP Senators especially those who have EFCC queries in order to give them a clean bill of health once they defect to the APC. They also agreed to woo some senators with the sum of fifty million naira each (N50m).
‘We are by this statement alerting the nation and the international community of these barbaric, gangsteristic, primitive and rebarbative plots aimed at deliberately over-heating the system and undermine law and order by sheer use of brute force. We are raising alarm because of the dangers this portends for democracy especially in an already fragile political atmosphere that has played host to several fluctuations and militarization in the last two weeks”.
The group also alerted the Acting President Prof Yemi Osibanjo to call the plotters to order, saying the plot will add more burdens on the system
“We are therefore calling on the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, GCON, a Professor of law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, at that; to please call these persons to order to avoid a needless breakdown of law and order. In any civilized democracy, rule of law and not rule of man is usually the common denominator to engage the democratic process. This idea of wrongfully deploying the Nigeria Police Force against the people they were meant to protect has made us mere object of ridicule in the eyes of the world. As a fledgling democracy with all the symptoms of fragility, it is a collective responsibility for us to jealously nurture it to enviable heights where law and order will dictate our democratic engagements. We cannot continue to tolerate acts of ommision and commission as the article of faith. Democracy thrives in decency, etiquette, discipline, rules and regulations, law and order which are the essential ingredients for building a representative government that caters for the wishes and aspirations of all.
“To the members of the international communities, we are asking that you withdraw the Visas that were earlier issued to these undemocratic elements amongst us who have continued to unleash mayhem on statutory authorities for less than altruistic motives. We are also appealing that the international community should stop giving visas to these categories of persons who often run away to seek refuge once they finished executing their dastardly, ungodly and indecent acts. We are already compiling the names of those undemocratic persons for onward transmission to all embassies and foreign missions to either withdraw their Visas or refuse them fresh Visas.
” The provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) stipulates in no ambiguous terms procedure to follow in electing a Senate President and removal of same. All the armtwisting methods and trying to be clever by half approach will only further compound an already compounded situation. The plot and its execution is an ill-wind that will blow no one any good. While the APC on the one hand condemns the PDP and the defectors as inconsequential politicians, it is curious on the other hand to note that the APC has devoted consolidated interest in ensuring that it gets some PDP stalwarts into its fold.
“This double-faced conduct is suggestive of APC’s identity crisis, pretentiousness and sanctimoniousness. At the risk of sounding superflous, APC could be likened to the Chichidodo bird that feeds on maggots but hates the smell of faeces; such curious irony that typifies the true reflection of a party in search of its true identity. While it celebrates her members, no matter how questionable their characters, it demonizes other members of political parties who are not in agreement with its present desperate re-election peregrination. It is not an accident of history that each time the President travels for medical attention, something dramatic often takes place. And this present trip, we believe, will unfurl already plotted schemes aimed at removing Senate President, Benue state Governor, and other perceived persons opposed to the re-election of Mr. President.
But reacting, the APC dismissed the allegations a cry of a drowning man, calculated to whip up sentiment, adding that the false alarm is the ploy of PDP to seek sympathy.
According to the APC National Publicity Secretary, Hon Nabena, the APC lawmakers in the Senate know their rules, which he said would be applied to the letter.He said Saraki has returned to where he was coming from, and therefore, cannot be allowed to preside over the majority of Senators.
“Kaseem Afegbua and his cohorts are trying to elicit sentiment and to make futile attempt to dent the integrity of the APC led government. The reason why most of them are defecting is because the President Buhari led administration is not sharing money which is the PDP philosophy.
“So, this administration cannot inject tax payers money into impeaching the President of the senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives. This is a serious government and not a dead party called the PDP.
“What PDP is doing is to whip up sentiment before their final burial in 2019. National Assembly members have procedures on how a Speaker or President of the senate can be impeached. And we believe that the APC lawmakers know their rules and they will apply it accordingly.
“The hierarchy of the APC has no business spending money to impeach these people because APC still commands the majority in both houses. Since Saraki has gone back to where he came from, he cannot preside over majority APC lawmakers. Therefore we will use our numerical strength to remove him following the rule of law.
‘So, let the PDP propaganda machine continue to raise false alarm. we will remain focused and ensure that President Buhari is not distracted by charlatans. Very soon we shall separate the men from the boys” he said.
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