Senate condemns attack on Urhoghide over Buhari impeachment motion

Senate condemns attack on Urhoghide over Buhari impeachment motion

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, May 2, condemned the attack on Senator Matthew Urhoghide.

The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, said: "There is no colleague of yours that will not agree with you. The legislative powers and privileges act says that we have immunity on our views here. We condemn the act of legislators being attacked for expressing their views."

Urhoghide (PDP, Edo South) had called for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari for withdrawing $496 million from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) without the National Assembly’s consent.

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The Edo state lawmaker was attacked by angry supporters of the president who nearly lynched him on arrival at the airport in Benin, the Edo state capital. This resulted in a clash between supporters of the APC and PDP before the intervention of security agents.

Expressing dismay at the unfortunate humiliation meted on him, Urhoghide accused the Chief of Staff to Governor Obaseki, Taiwo Akerele, as being responsible for the mobilisation of thugs that attacked him.

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s unapproved payment of $496 million to the US government for the purchase of TUCANO fighter jets, some senators rose to seek to institute impeachment proceedings against the president.

Though President Buhari had sent a letter to the NASS, explaining why he paid the money without their approval, the legislators were not convinced. previously reported that Senator Matthew Urhoghide denied calling for President Buhari’s impeachment.

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The lawmaker representing Edo South senatorial district in the Nigerian Senate, who moved the motion questioned the legality of President Buhari's withdrawal of $496 million from the Excess Crude Account to buy military aircraft from the United, said he was misquoted.

The Edo lawmaker said this in a chat with pressmen at the Benin Airport in Edo state. Urhoghide said he never called for President Buhari's impeachment but only urged the Senate to invoke the relevant section of the Constitution so that President Buhari could explain why he took the decision to purchase the 12 aircrafts.

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