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Security Forces Taking Over NASS, To Effect Sack Of Leaders?

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Reps said that it has uncovered plots by the nation’s security agencies to, again, invade the National Assembly and aid the ouster of the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, by a few senators.

The lawmakers, who have continued to keep vigil in the NASS complex over this matter, in spite of their ongoing recess, rose from a meeting and issued a statement to this effect, signed by Hon. Chukwuka Onyema, the Deputy Minority Leader.

The PDP lawmakers said that th APC-led Federal government, was making unholy maneuvers to forcefully reconvene the National Assembly against all known laws and precedence, to enable them attempt their much desired impeachment of the senate leadership.

“It has our attention that there is an impending plot by a small group of senators aided by security agencies to again invaded the Senate Chamber with a view illegally reconvening the Senate Plenary.

“Ostensibly their purpose is to address what they term as urgent national issues. However, it is clear that their real purpose is an attempt to unlawfully oust the leadership of the Senate and effect a change of the Senate President and the Deputy Senate President”, the Deputy Minority Leader said.

The PDP legislators stressed that this trend of events must be strenuously resisted by all true democrats and well meaning Nigerians.

“We have over time witnessed a descent of our countries once stable democracy slide into an abyss of illiberal dictatorship. A government that has shown disdain for the rule of law, and complete disregard for the principles of separation of powers as enshrine in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

"As elected representatives sworn to uphold the law and protect our democratic existence we unreservedly condemn this onslaught on our democratic ideals in general and parliament particular,” he said.

The lawmakers urged those who are behind the “unholy manoeuvres to desist from these shenanigans and be reminded that we still operate a democracy.”