By Wale Akinola
REACTIONS, Monday, continued to trail last Wednesday’s invasion of the Senate by hoodlums, as Senator Victor Lar and some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, argued that it was a plot to instigate the removal of Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Lar, who represented Plateau North, believes there is an official complicity in the invasion of the Senate and subsequent carting away of the mace.
He said: “There are at least five different gates one can pass through before entering the Senate chamber. Are you saying no one saw the senator on suspension and the hoodlums as they headed into the chamber with a view to alerting security operatives?
“They went in, took the mace and went out unchallenged. I have no doubt that there is official complicity in this matter and this has raised the issue of insecurity at the National Assembly, which means anybody can just walk into the Senate and shoot a senator.
“it has also raised the question about the dependence of the NASS on the executive arm, because you can’t claim to be an independent arm of government making independent decisions that are supposed to checkmate the executive arm and then we have civil servants from the executive arm working with the NASS and sabotaging the National Assembly.”
On his part, a former Ambassador to Cameroon and current National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Emmanuel Njiwah, said he strongly believed there is more to the issue than meets the eye.
He said: “The urgency in the release of Omo-Agege by the police also shows it is beyond the issue of hoodlums invading the Senate. I suspect it may have been a strategically planned operation, it’s so embarrassing and with the way we are going with the APC government, it’s like we are just watching a comedy.”
On his part, a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Abdullahi Jalo, described the invasion as an affront on democracy, adding: “It amounts to a coup detat as the removal of the symbol of authority means the overthrow of the legislature. It is indeed a treasonable act.”
Aminu Yakudima, a veteran journalist, described the invasion of the Senate as a national disgrace and a slap on Nigeria’s democracy.
He faulted the constitution of the Parliamentary Support Group for President Buhari, saying it is an unconstitutional group whose existence is alien to the constitution and the rules guiding the activities of tbe Senate.