NASS siege: What Saraki planned to achieve on Tuesday, but failed – APC

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Senate president Bokula Saraki
Saraki

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has claimed that security agencies foiled Senate President Bukola Saraki’s plan to foment trouble at the National Assembly on Tuesday.

This was contained in a statement Yekini Nabena, APC National Publicity Secretary sent to Ejesgist Media.

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) had laid siege at the country’s legislature yesterday.

But Nabena claimed that APC’s “investigations” uncovered that “the timely intervention of the security operatives forestalled the planned violence which could have led to possible deaths, injuries and destruction of property in the National Assembly on Tuesday.”

“Why did the Senate President mobilise thugs to the National Assembly who almost lynched Hon. E.J. Agbonayinma, the only APC federal lawmaker present but for the timely intervention of security operatives.

“Why did the Senate President reconvene the National Assembly? Ostensibly as a pre-emptive move to frustrate federal lawmakers move to impeach him.

“Is it not curious that only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) federal lawmakers were present in their numbers-some as early as 7am, while the majority APC federal lawmakers were elsewhere holding a caucus meeting on the state of the nation.

“We call on security agencies and relevant bodies to as a matter of urgency probe these findings and take all necessary and legitimate action to stop these illegalities which pose a direct and ominous threat to our democracy.

“As espoused in our earlier statement, whilst our contention with the leadership of the National Assembly as currently constituted is a matter of public record, we still believe that the legislature as an independent arm of government must be allowed free reign for vibrant contestation of ideas and values amongst its members within the context of their constitutional mandate and for the benefit of the Nigerian people.

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“Finally, we reiterate our call for the Senate President to resign from the position immediately as he no longer has the moral and legitimate ground to occupy that position as a member of the minority PDP. Going by the opular axiom, ‘the majority will have their way, but the minority will have their say’”.

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