- Senator Ibrahim Danbaba said the ruling APC can impeach Senate president Bukola Saraki
- Danbaba noted that the party cannot remove Saraki without the support of two-third majority of the National Assembly
- He, however, said his defection from the ruling APC to the opposition PDP is not a mistake
Senator Ibrahim Danbaba representing Sokoto south senatorial district has warned the All Progressive Congress (APC) against any attempt to impeach Senate president Bukola Saraki.
Daily Trust reports that Danbaba said he and others would not regret defecting from the ruling APC to the opposition PDP.
He said: “How can you impeach him, you cannot impeach a leader like the Senate president without having 2/3rd, you need 73 senators to be able to impeach him.
“The issue is we do not simply allow people to be operating government the way they want, we allow people to operate government based on the rules and provision of the Nigerian constitution.
“He cannot resign because it is not APC alone that gave him the mandate, but the people of Sokoto state.
“The fact is that we contributed to the success of that election so if you want to ask Governor Tambuwal to resign, it means we will go back reflect on what transpired.
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“We have to extract our votes that counted for him to become governor and then add the number of votes that PDP garnered, then the PDP candidate would have been declared the winner of the election.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Renowned human rights advocate and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana APC warned against any plan to impeach Bukola Saraki, the Senate president.
Falana said Saraki can not be impeached without the support of two-third majority of the entire members of National Assembly.
He also noted that since the recent defection of a number of legislators from the ruling party has generated some controversy, it is pertinent to examine relevant provisions of the constitution and decided judicial authorities on the matter.
In a related development, the Nigerian government said the defection of the Senate president from the ruling APC was a great relief to the party.
The federal government said that Saraki was always an opposition in the ruling party, who used his position as Senate president to frustrate the workings of the government.
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, who stated this while briefing state House correspondents after the weekly meeting of the FEC, presided over by President Buhari at the Villa, said Saraki had become the greatest obstacle to the government.
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