National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has revealed that Senate President Bukola Saraki will be democratically Impeached if he does not step down honorably.
Oshiomhole, during a meeting with the APC caucuses in the Senate and the House of Representatives, last Tuesday, also stressed the need to pressure Saraki to reconvene the national assembly so that bills bordering on the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 elections, are treated.
“The purpose of today’s meeting can be categorized into two. The first is for us to meet and let the world know that we now have 56 APC senators, that is more than half, a simple majority of the entire numbers of the Senate.
Our party is still in charge in terms of commitment, in terms of the resolve to keep faith with the Nigerian people. In the House of Representatives, similarly, we have an overwhelming majority. Out of a total of 360, we have 196 members of the House of Representatives.
Apart from that, we have 22 governors out of 36. Second, it is now increasingly clear that those who have attempted political suicide are haunted by their own actions; even when their shadows are chasing them, they will insist that it is APC that is chasing them. Yesterday morning, I traveled to the UK and I saw some stories to the effect that I was presiding over a meeting at Aso Drive. This is the handiwork of those social media warriors, and those who have murdered sleep politically have chosen to hire young people, social media guys to post all kinds of untruth and create confusion. Fake news is beginning to be the order of the day just to create confusion. I got a little worried when otherwise reputable media houses also joined on the basis of unverifiable facts, got carried away by those who have vested interests to report without minimum effort to establish the facts. They alleged that I presided over a meeting with senators last night
. I will not ask them to retract the news. The way to discredit any media is to put out the truth because the power of the pen is potent. Fortunately, I was not around and, therefore, I could not have participated in any meeting at Aso Drive. I also saw screaming headlines in some newspapers today that ‘Oshiomhole met with senators in their quest to remove the Senate President’. I will publish my departure boarding pass and the return boarding pass and my passport and then challenge these media houses.
One of the media houses reported lavishly how Senator Saraki raised the alarm that APC senators wanted to impeach him (referring to the siege on the National Assembly by the DSS). And this same media house showed PDP senators sitting at the National Assembly last Tuesday. The meaning is that whatever happened in the National Assembly could only have been done by those who were present in the National Assembly that day, and they happened to be senators elected on PDP platform as led by Saraki and PDP House of Reps members. Yet they are the same people who adjourned the House and they also were present on the same day.
So any media, any analyst or columnist cannot but interrogate Saraki on how is it that they were the ones present on that very day? These same people reported Senator Ben Bruce as saying that Senator Akpabio was at the Senate the very day PDP senators invaded that place. Meanwhile, Senator Akpabio was in Uyo, not anywhere in Abuja. Ben Bruce chose to lie generously against a fellow senator. We need to speak to this because democracy is now at the mercy of those who have chosen to be purveyors of untruth or falsehood. Whenever they rear their heads, they have to be exposed about who they are.
I believe that the Senate President thinks that whatever way he is doing it, manipulating reports, hiring faceless commentators, paying social media experts to dish out lies and misinforming the people, that he can change the real narrative, democracy taught us that the minority has a right to have their say but majority must have their way. This is the universal truth. So if we have 56 senators and they have 49, 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 flight to America to understudy the American presidential system of government. Once you lose the majority, you step down and hand over and all of these stories about illegality or illegal impeachment, let me restate that, and I do so on behalf of our party, I also know that it is the wish of all our senators that we cannot be subjected to minority rule in the Senate. Therefore, whether it is convenient for Senator Saraki or not, the truth is, whether by morality or by law or by convention, he can only avoid impeachment by toeing the path of honour, step down so that APC can take over the leadership of the Senate. Senator 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, it will be done according to tradition and those lawyers who have chosen to sit as judges, we need to remind them that lawyers are best officers of the court, they do not constitute the court.
So when Senator Saraki is lawfully impeached and democratically impeached, they will be free to go to anywhere they want to go to and canvass the legality or the illegality of the act. It does not lie in their mouth to pronounce the finality as if they constitute the judicial arm of government. And I am also happy that, just recently, in the ruling of the Court of Appeal when the APC went to court to challenge the bill that was under consideration in the National Assembly on the order of election, the court held that, based on the principle of separation of powers, the court cannot stop the legislature from exercising its independence.
To all those people who are wasting their time believing that they can go and file dubious cases in court therefore, the Senate can exercise their fundamental right to determine their leadership. “This morning, I saw that some people went to court to stop the Senate President from being impeached. That will be an exercise in futility because the court cannot impose on the Senate who leads them. ‘Why NASS must reconvene’ “We have many very important issues which require the National Assembly to deliberate on, those issues that were pending when the two presiding officers hurriedly adjourned without exhausting the calendar.
The National Assembly was due to adjourn on Thursday but in the wisdom of the presiding officers they chose to adjourn on Tuesday. The result is that we have serious pending issues that require deliberations by the National Assembly. They include the issue of approval of foreign loans without which this year’s budget cannot perform, the issue of the supplementary appropriation for INEC and virement for the budget without which INEC’s capacity to conduct elections in 2019 will be in jeopardy.
I want to appeal to all our senators and members of the House of Representatives that your commitment to the Nigerian project, your commitment to the sustenance of democracy, your commitment to ensuring that the promises made by the APC are themselves enough to compel you to do anything you can do lawfully to get the National Assembly reconvene so that these and other weighty national issues will be deliberated upon and appropriate decisions reached, so that Nigeria government is not shut down. If we do not take such steps and to the extent that government cannot spend money that has not been appropriated, we now face the risk of government shutdown. As members of the governing party, we will do what will prevent government shutdown that will be injurious to our national interest and of course injurious to Nigerians”.
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