PDP To APC: You Don't Have The Number To Remove Saraki & Ekweremadu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the All Progressives Congress (APC) lack the legislative number and constitutional facilities to impeach the President of the Senate Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu, or to even call for their resignation.

This was conveyed in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiayn who said that only two-third votes of the 109 senators (or 73 senators) can effect change in senate leadership.

It added that it was in realisation that it lacks the number that made the APC to engage in underhand tactics including the invasion of the National Assembly, which turned out a disgraceful adventure.

“Even before then, Nigerians were already aware of moves to use humongous funds to induce lawmakers to trigger crisis in the National Assembly and pave the way for the removal of presiding officers,” the statement noted.

The PDP also accused the APC of blackmail, distortions of fact and media trial against the Senate leadership, and expressed the belief that such would end up as another wasteful venture.

It added that Nigerians were aware of the desperation of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to annex the legislature.

“Even among the ranks of the depleted APC senators and members of the House of Representatives, there is a huge aversion to the underhand tactics being deployed by the Buhari presidency and the APC to force out duly elected presiding officers of the National Assembly.

“As such, such lawmakers are fully aligned with Nigerians, the PDP and the National Assembly leadership in the protection of the independence, sanctity and integrity of our parliament and all democratic institutions in our land.

“It is therefore instructive for both the Buhari presidency and the APC to know that there is no way they can remove the leadership of the National Assembly, particularly the Senate.

“Consequently, the PDP cautions the Buhari presidency and the APC to stop overheating the polity with their outbursts and shed future perverse attempts to circumvent our rules and constitution, as such will not help them or change the resolve of Nigerians to vote them out in 2019."