An ex-Senate President, David Mark, has condemned the plot by eight lawmakers to impeach the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
Mr Mark, who is from the state, in a statement, described the purported impeachment served on the governor as null and void and an exercise in futility.
While stating that the act is unconstitutional and devoid of any known legislative practices and procedures, he advised members of the Benue State House of Assembly to be guided by the constitution and legislative rules and procedures.
He urged them not to engage in any act that could undermine the established tenets of democracy.
“What is expected of the lawmakers is a collaborative effort with executive arm of state government to provide the needed dividend of democracy to the people of Benue State. They should remember that the interest and welfare of the people of Benue State is paramount. Anything less would be a disservice to the people they swore to serve,” he said.
Mr Mark, a serving senator, also advised the governor not to be distracted by the development.
He admonished the people of Benue State to remain calm and law-abiding just as he counseled security operatives to maintain law and order objectively.
Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari dissociated himself from any percieved role in the plot by lawmakers from his party in Benue State to remove Mr Ortom.
According to a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, “President Buhari will never be part of any unconstitutional act, and any attempt to link him with the inglorious past, when minority number of lawmakers impeached governors, will not stick.”
In the same vein, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, condemned the action.
The duo in a joint statement, signed by their aides in charge of media, Yusuph Olaniyonu and Turaki Hassan respectively, described the current situation in Benue as a desecration of legislative sanctity.
The Benue APC state lawmakers were provided cover by the police to meet at the state’s parliament building on Monday morning to carry out the action. The majority lawmakers, who are of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, were blocked from accessing the complex.
The APC lawmakers later served impeachment notice on Governor Ortom after accusing him of corruption– a charge the governor denies.
President Buhari and his party, APC, have been criticised for the lawmakers’ action aimed at removing Mr Ortom, who recently decamped from the party to rejoin the PDP.
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