PDP Alleges APC Senators are attempting To Forcefully Take Over The Senate
Nigerians and the international community have been urged by the Peoples Democratic party to hold the ruling All Progressive Congress and the federal government accountable if the democracy of the country should suffer hurt.
PDP expressed that any attempt by anybody to forcefully take over the control of the National Assembly, would cause crisis and anarchy, the party is sure such move is resisted by Nigerians.
Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday,stated that its caution was in respect to an alleged plot by the APC and its agents to flood the National Assembly with armed plain-clothes security operatives to compromise the security architecture to bring about the forceful takeover of the leadership of the Senate by APC senators.
He said, “Nigerians would recall that we tend to alert the nation that the purported overseas vacation by President Muhammadu Buhari was to alter his cabal overrun the National Assembly in a manner reminiscent of the siege at the Benue State House of Assembly, so as to sack the present elected Senate leadership and install their stooges.
“When this is often done, the Buhari Presidency will, in its characteristic response, claim the ‘Mr. President is unaware.’
“The PDP, however, cautions, in the strongest possible terms, that Nigeria as a nation will never enable such direct assault to the highest symbol of our integrity as a democratic state.
“The laws of our nation relating to the sanctity and sovereignty of our legislature are clear and our voters can never enable any person or group of persons, no matter the circumstances, to undermine the constitutional integrity of the legislature as representatives of the people. Any attempt to test the will of the people during this direction is a clear recipe for a very serious crisis.
“The laid down rules for reconvening the Senate whenever it’s on recess, which must be followed when it becomes compelling to reopen the Senate on a date order than the earlier adjourned date, area unit clear and direct.
“In such a circumstance, Order 12(2) of the Senate Standing Rule (2015) clearly vests such powers and functions in the Senate President, who shall give notice of such new date and time.”
Ologbondiyan said anything outside the provision of the law would be a direct coup not solely against the National Assembly however also against the entire democratic system.