PDP Reps allege plot to remove Saraki, vow to keep vigil at NASS

National Assembly
National Assembly

Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus of the House of Representatives say they will keep vigil at the National Assembly all night today over alleged plot by some All Progressives Congress (APC) senators to invade the senate chamber and remove Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The lawmakers were led by the acting Minority Leader of the House, Chukwudi Onyema.

They said they were going to keep vigil to make sure the alleged plans were thwarted.

Checks by PREMIUM TIMES after rumour of the alleged plot filtered in showed normal security presence at the National Assembly on Wednesday night.

An APC senator who was at a meeting APC senators had with President Muhammadu Buhari also denied any such plan to forcefully remove Mr Saraki was discussed. The rumour, however, remained till late on Wednesday.

Speaking to journalists, Mr. Onyema said that the PDP caucus had information that three senators, Abdullahi Adamu, Ovie Omo-Agege and Ali Ndume, were planning to forcefully invade the senate chamber while the Senate is on recess.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are on recess till September.

“The aim of their invasion of the senate while senators are on recess, to come and sit illegally when everybody is out on recess, is to impeach the senate president,” Mr Onyema said.

“We also have it on good authority that they are planning to come back this night and tomorrow morning aided by security forces; our own security forces whose job is to protect the lives of Nigerians.

“They are the ones leading these dissident senators to come and truncate our democracy. We might think they want to take over the senate; that’s not what they want to do.

“They want to truncate this democracy of ours. But we the PDP caucus have decided to stay here to keep vigil and wait to see what’s going to happen tonight and tomorrow night,” the deputy minority leader stated.

He charged Nigerians to stay awake with the caucus because “this is not a rape on the National Assembly, it’s a rape on democracy which concerns all of us.”

“If we allow this to happen, then we can as well go back to when we use to have a military junta. We also have some information that some policemen have arrived. We want to find out what they are doing here”.

Mr Saraki on Tuesday after months of speculations dumped the APC for the PDP.

He left the APC alongside his Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, and other loyalists. The governors of Benue and Sokoto states as well as lawmakers ferom those states also left the PDP for the APC.

The National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, earlier on Wednesday advised Mr. Saraki to resign his position as senate president having left the APC.

Mr Oshiomhole spoke after the APC senators meeting with Mr Buhari in Abuja.

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