…Calls on Saraki to declare Seat of Akpabio Vacant
…Condemns the use of cash-for-votes allegedly introduced by APC into our electoral process.
…Calls for the Immediate Sack of Police IGP, Idris over last week’s siege of NASS
By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- AHEAD of resumption of the National Assembly, the splinter group of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, the Reformed- APC, Sunday raised the alarm that the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole and the the party has concluded arrangements to impeach the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
According to R- APC, Oshiomhole has mobilized and ordered all APC Senators to ensure that they participate in the plenary to effect the removal of Saraki by interpreting the 1999 Constitution would be used to cause commotion, then a vote of no confidence would be passed on the Senate President and there after remove him.
The R- APC has however called on the Senate President to invoke the provisions of section 68 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) in declaring the seat of Senator Godswill Akpabio vacant against the backdrop that there is division in the opposition PDP, hence the declaration will be a step in the right direction.
In a statement Sunday in Abuja by the National Publicity Secretary of R- APC, Prince Kassim Afegbua and entitled, ” they are at it Again”, the group said that as the National Assembly plans to resume today, all Nigerians and lovers of democracy must be extra-vigilant before and during the plenary, adding that the latest plans by the APC may yet again leave unsavoury taste in our mouths.
The R- APC while calling on the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to as a matter of urgency, sack the Inspector- General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris following last Tuesday’s siege of the National Assembly by men of the Department of State Sevices, DSS, however questioned why the Deputy Inspector- General of Police, DIG, Habila was at the meeting of the APC at Aso Drive prior to the incident that took place at the National Assembly.
The R- APC has also condemned what it described as the use of cash-for-votes allegedly introduced by APC into the nation’s electoral process.
The statement by Afegbua read, “By this statement, the National Working Committee of the R-APC wishes to alert the public that the factional leadership of the All Progressives Congress Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has perfected plans to make the Tuesday, August 14th resumption date another kettle of fish for the illegal impeachment of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. This time, they are hell-bent on giving nebulous interpretation to the provision of the 1999 constitution (as amended) by using the numbers of Senators present to provoke an impeachment. To this end, they have called on all APC Senators to make it a point of duty to participate at the plenary on Tuesday to pass a vote of “no confidence” on the Senate President. This will be followed by orchestrated rancourous plenary session from where impeachment motion would be raised and their illegality perpetrated.
“There have been two meetings of the leaders and the Senators in the last 48 hours to perfect this approach. The security agencies have also been briefed according to information reaching us. The APC factional chairman has been boasting and insisting that the Senate President would be impeached by whatever means because he no longer deserves to wear the “crown”. It is possible that the leadership of the factional APC now sees the National Assembly as a Palace, where crowns and beads are the instruments of authority. Needless to remind them that the National Assembly is an arm of government represented by elected persons who are vested with the responsibility of making laws for the good governance of the country. It is neither a kingdom of princes and princesses, nor is it a sanctuary for traditional doctrinaire where crowns and beads are used to impose monarchical authority.
“We are also using this medium to condemn the blatant use of cash-for-votes which the APC has introduced into our electoral process. The just concluded by-elections in Katsina, Bauchi and Kogi states are testimonies to this fact. This is a sad commentary for a government that preaches anti-corruption as its cardinal philosophy of governance. The desperation to win at all cost and the killings associated with the elections are bad signals towards 2019 general elections.
“We are also calling on the Acting President to sack the current Inspector General of Police who has shown a manifest incompetence in the discharge of his responsibilities. For example, how can an interim report of the Police on the Lawan Daura saga litter the pages of social media platforms when the investigation remains yet inconclusive? How can the Police exonerate itself from the act when it was reported that a Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Habila was seen in a meeting with Senators at the Aso Drive private office of the factional chairman of APC Comrade Adams Oshiomhole? What was he doing there as early as 10a.m on that fateful morning of Tuesday, 7th August, 2018? We are calling for an independent Judicial Investigation Panel made of eminent Jurists to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the failed political coup d’etat that clearly undermined the Legislature as an arm of government, and also the invasion of the private residences of Judges, siege on the residences of the Senate President and his Deputy. Getting the Police to do the job is to exonerate the Police bearing in mind their earlier siege on the residences of the Senate President and Deputy Senate President barely a week earlier.
“We have continuously insisted that this APC-led government under President Buhari have “outsourced governance” to the cabals. We are however relieved that God has commenced the “Greatest Revelations” of all anti-democratic elements in this government, that made thousands of our members to break away. The NASS could upon resumption, also institute a high-powered Investigative Panel to unravel the several invasions that have become the operative themes in our fledgling democracy.
“We are also condemning the high-handedness against our members who have defected to the political parties of their choice. The deputy speaker of Kaduna state House of Assembly has become a victim of executive lawlessness in the past couple of days. We also condemn the wanton killings in Kogi state during the just concluded by-election. Under this government, human lives have become cheap and of no value. The political tension in the country is avoidable if only the APC-led government and the party chieftains could refrain from making reckless militarised utterances to heat up the system instead of facing the huge task of providing leadership for the country. The level of extreme poverty and increasing rate of unemployment across the country are realities that should worry any serious-minded government that has the interest of the people at heart.
“We are calling on the Senate President to invoke the provisions of section 68 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) in declaring the seat of Senator Godswill Akpabio vacant. It is not on record that there is division in the opposition PDP, hence this declaration will be a step in the right direction.
“As the National Assembly plans to resume on Tuesday, we are calling on all Nigerians and lovers of democracy to be extra-vigilant before and during the plenary. The latest plans by the APC may yet again leave unsavoury taste in our mouths.”