- PDP alleged that the APC and the federal government is planning to arrest the senate president and his deputy
- The party claimed that there is a plot by APC senators to impeach Saraki and Ekweremadu after the arrest
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleged that the pressure by the Presidency for the reconvening of the Senate was out of a sinister motive to arrest and impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
The party insisted that the call to reopen Senate has nothing to do with any emergency in the approval of the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2019 elections as claimed, The Punch reports.
PDP's spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Sunday, August 12, claimed that the opposition party plot to arrest Saraki and Ekweremadu before the Senate's sitting and then impeach them for not showing up for the plenary.
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Ologbondiyan said: “The PDP notes that the new plot to cage Saraki and Ekweremadu in a devilish rehash of the Tuesday July 24, 2018 hostage-taking and invasion of their official residences by security agencies is coming after the August 7, 2018 failed attempt to use security forces to take control of the leadership of the Senate.
“Apart from the plot to arrest and detain Saraki and Ekweremadu, the PDP has also been made aware of plans to use the EFCC and security forces to clamp down on their family members, including their wives and siblings as well as close associates, all in the effort to weaken their resolve.
“Moreover, investigations by the PDP further confirm that the insistence of the APC-led Federal Government on the emergency reconvening of the National Assembly, ostensibly to consider INEC’s budget for the 2019 elections, is part of APC’s thicker plot to execute their premeditated ‘coup’ against the leadership of the Senate.”
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Senate president Bukola Saraki has replied the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole who in a press conference on Friday, August 10, vowed to remove the Senate president from office.
In a statement made available to NAIJ.com and signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, special adviser on Media and publicity to the Senate president, Saraki called the APC chairman ignorant and declared that he can not remove him from office.
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