- Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has weighed in on the crisis rocking the National Assembly
- Governor Ortom says plans to unseat the National Assembly leaders are unconstitutional
- He said those plotting to overthrow the leadership of the federal legislature are enemies of democracy
Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has declared that those plotting to overthrow the leadership of the National Assembly are enemies of Nigeria's democracy.
Governor Ortom made the declaration in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, August 10, as rumours of plots to impeach the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, gains ground.
The governor urged those behind the plot to take a close look at Nigeria's constitution as well as the Senate rules to be properly guided.
He noted that though the election of a Senate President requires simple majority, removing the holder of the office takes two-thirds of the entire Senate members.
He described the attacks on Saraki, including moves for his impeachment and threats to freeze his accounts as unfortunate developments which he said must be condemned and resisted by all patriots.
He said Saraki has demonstrated uncommon capacity to lead the Senate, pointing out that the Senate President has done nothing wrong in defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He wondered why those who defected from APC have become targets for victimization by Federal Government agencies, while those who move from other political parties to the ruling party are celebrated as 'saints.'
He called on Nigerians to condemn “the wave of impunity prevailing in the country, in the interest of democracy and nation-building.”
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Meanwhile, former APC chieftain, Comrade Timi Frank, says there are plots to rope in Saraki in the recent National Assembly invasion by masked men of the Directorate of State Security (DSS).
Comrade Frank made the claims in a statement sent to journalists on Friday, August 10, accusing the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the APC of plotting to blame the failed siege on the National Assembly on Saraki and subsequently charge him with treason.