- Senator Philip Gyunka says any plot to illegally impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki will be resisted
- He said PDP lawmakers were already keeping vigil to stop any such move
- Gyunka cautioned APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, that the issue of removing a Senate president had to do with the Constitution, not unionism
A federal lawmaker, Senator Philip Gyunka, on Wednesday, August 15, in Lafia, said that any plot to illegally impeach the president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, will be strongly resisted.
Gyunka, representing Nasarawa North, said this at a rally to mark his official declaration to run for the Nasarawa state governorship election, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Gyunka, who expressed concern over the role played by the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, in the matter, said the position of the Constitution on who should be president of the Senate was clear.
According to him, unlike majority and minority leadership, which are from majority and minority parties, a lawmaker can be president of the Senate, irrespective of party affiliation.
He said: “Besides that, there are conditions for impeachment should lawmakers be dissatisfied with whoever they chose to lead them.
“The law is clear on this. If two third majorities say they do not want him, he will be removed.
“But for Oshiomhole to keep threatening that Saraki must be impeached when he is not a lawmaker, beats my imagination.
“It is obvious from all his threats that there might be plans to do something unlawful, which we will resist vehemently.
“It beats my imagination that Nigeria, a country that should play the big brother when it comes to respect for the rule of law would be disgracing itself before the international community with this kind of development.”
He pointed out that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers were already keeping vigil to stop any of such moves.
“We are keeping watch on their plans. If they want the Senate president removed, which is impossible, they must have two third majorities.
“They have been attempting and failing. I know they will still make attempts; but they will not succeed, because I know Nigerians will not allow them to make mockery of the nation’s democracy.
“If you hear a lawmaker speaking, he is speaking the minds of thousands of people.
“How then should someone, who was appointed and has neither gone to the rural areas to feel the pulse of the people, nor held town hall meetings be insisting that a man that was duly chosen by his colleagues be removed at all cost?
“Oshiomhole should be educated that this is not unionism. This is an issue that has to do with the Constitution, and we will not allow him to violate it,” he said.
On his ambition to run for the governorship election of the state, Gyunka said it was borne out of passion to bring the state out of the woods.
He said it was disheartening that despite huge human and mineral resources among other potentials, the state had not been able to meet the needs of the people.
He called on Nigerians to take advantage of the forthcoming general elections to vote for people that have their interests at heart.
He urged them to go beyond expressing their grievances, to getting their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC's) before the expiration date, to vote for people that would meet their needs and aspirations.
According to him, all the crises we are facing as a nation today is because we keep voting in the wrong persons.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said that the Senate president would be legally impeached.
Oshiomhole said the ruling party had resolved to explore all legal means to ensure the impeachment of Dr Bukola Saraki.
Speaking at a meeting with lawmakers of the National Assembly, the national chairman of the ruling party said Saraki would be impeached and replaced with a loyal party member.
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