The ruling All Progressives Congress has said that it will engage every legal mean to ensure that Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki is impeached.
The party reached this decision yesterday after a meeting between the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, senators and members of the House of Representatives, in Abuja.
Speaking at the meeting, the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, assured lawmakers loyal to the party that under his leadership; loyalty would be rewarded.
He said, “High turnover of legislators is not a value to be celebrated. What we should celebrate is experience which cannot be read in books, but can only be acquired on the job.
“I want to reassure you that we will do everything possible to change the old narrative of heavy turnover every four years and the politics of ‘you have done enough’ will change over time for the good of Nigeria and for the sustenance of democracy.”
The APC chairman speaking further told the legislators that it was an aberration to allow an individual who was a member of a minority party to preside over members of the party in the majority.
“Democracy teaches us that the minority has the right to have their say but the majority must have their way.
“So, if we have 56 senators and they have 49 senators, I insist that 49 senators cannot preside over the affairs of a house in which the APC has 56 senators. And I ask them to tell us anywhere in the world where the minority rules over the majority.
“Often times, we take flights to Washington and other places to understudy the American presidential system of government.
“Once you lose the majority, without further ado, you step down. Let me restate that we cannot be subjected to minority rule in the Nigerian Senate and, therefore, whether it is convenient for Distinguished Senator Saraki or not, the truth is whether by morality or by law or by convention, Senator Saraki can only avoid impeachment by toeing the path of honour, step down so that the APC can take over the leadership of the House.
“I want to repeat, Sen. Saraki as President of the Senate will be lawfully and democratically impeached. It will not be illegally done. It will be done according to law and tradition.”
Oshiomhole frowned at the decision of the presiding officers of the National Assembly to adjourn plenary.
“Let me assure all of us that the National Working Committee is making this promise publicly and we are doing you no favour. Legislation and the legislature require experience because nobody can give what he does not have. We see people like Senator McCain, when they speak American people listen.
Similarly, the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, speaking earlier at a meeting which was organised for governors on the party’s platform asked the party leadership to reconsider its reward policy; to give a sense of belonging to faithful members.
“This has been a season of defection, reflection and sacrifices. Most of our colleagues here have sacrificed their friendship to remain where they are and to do exactly what the party wants.
“I am sure that this season is also a season of regrets because some of our people who left have already seen the real sign.”
“Every senator or House of Representatives member in the APC fold today deserves very gentle handling and good treatment.”, Lawan said.
Responding to latest developments in the National Assembly, the House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, said, “We have to find a way of reconvening the Assembly because as it is, we are heading for a constitutional crisis and an inevitable government shutdown because the two things that need to be done if the budget for the election must be passed and the funding of the capital project and without the approval, that will be difficult. I was with the Minister of Finance a couple of weeks ago and she told me in no uncertain terms that if she did not get the necessary approval from the National Assembly by the end of August, we should forget funding for the capital budget.
“That is why I said it is a task that must be done. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the Presiding Officers to allow us to reconvene the House for this singular purpose. It is just a one-day exercise so that we can all go on our break.
“I know that these members will be rewarded for their unalloyed loyalty to the party. We have 196 members in the House and that is about 40 members more than the PDP. With that number, we can do the party’s agenda in the House. Even within the PDP, we also have some members who will join us.”