The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is plotting to rubbish the leadership of the Senate.
Speaking with The Punch, Olisa Metuh, the national publicity secretary of the PDP, said that the APC was after the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, as the ruling party was not comfortable with their leadership of the Upper House.
Commenting on the Standing Order amendment scandal rocking the Senate, the spokesperson said:
“Our position is that there is no scandal; there is no forgery; there is nothing. It is trumped-up, cooked-up charge just to rubbish the leadership of the Senate.
“The fact that we have the deputy president of the Senate and the fact that the president of the Senate is not the candidate of the APC, they want to rubbish the leadership of the Senate.
“For us in the PDP, we believe there is a limit to lawlessness. There is no way the government, as presently constituted, can make witch-hunt as a policy, as a policy thrust. In two months, we have not seen anything; we have not seen the direction of the government, its programmes and policy direction. The only thing they are reeling out is witch-hunts."
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According to Metuh, the activity of the APC had shown that the party planned to break the country.
The spokesperson stressed that senators should be allowed to enjoy their ‘legislative immunity’ and police should stop interfering with the Senate’s procedures.
“The moment the police starts getting involved in the rules and procedures of the Senate, it means the legislature has lost its independence.
“We understand that they want to arrest the Senate president and the Deputy Senate President. We are daring them to try it. If they want to end democracy, they should say it. We also warn them that Nigeria will continue to remain one. The PDP is insisting that Nigeria will remain one and we will do anything for the country to remain one,” he concluded.
Earlier this month the opposition PDP accused the ruling APC and police of working together to destabilise PDP-controlled states, especially Rivers.