Saraki ‘ll be impeached legally without thuggery — Oshiomole
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has said the only way the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, can avoid being impeached is to resign.
The APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, warned that the party would have no option than to commence action to impeach Saraki should he continue to cling to office after defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
And Oshiomhole declared that the planned impeachment process would follow the law and devoid of thuggery.
He spoke at a press conference in Abuja in response to comments made by Saraki at his Wednesday’s interactive session with reporters on his defection to the PDP.
Saraki, on that occasion, said he was motivated to take the action in the best interest of the country and democracy.
But Oshiomhole said yesterday that Saraki has always placed his personal interest above that of the nation, the party and the people he represents in the national assembly.
“The truth is that it is doubtful if the Senate President has ever acted either in the national interest or in the interest of his own political party before his defection recently,” the APC chair said.
Recalling Saraki’s emergence as Senate President, Oshiomhole said:”he decided, clearly, against the party position to enter into a deal with the opposition PDP and got a faction of the PDP, taking advantage of the provisions of the provision while majority of the APC senators were holding a meeting at the International Conference Centre to resolve the issue of leadership of the senate and other principal officers that were expected to be produced by the ruling party with majority senators.
“By putting his personal interest over and above the interest of the party, he went into alliance with PDP and conceded the position of the position of deputy senate president to the opposition in other to obtain the support of the opposition for him to become the senate President.
“So, for the first time in our democratic history in Nigeria, we had a situation whereby, whereas the APC had majority of senators, it went on to elect a PDP person as deputy senate President. “This action alone portrays Senator Saraki for who he is and that his personal interest comes before any other interest, including national interest and that of his political party.
“Having gone into this unholy alliance with the opposition and mortgaging the rights of the ruling party, he appointed opposition senators to head strategic committees whose activities can affect, either for good or for bad, the workings of government and the relationship between the government and the legislature by trading away those strategic and sensitive positions.
“Senator Saraki did that in other to continue to protect himself against the wishes of his party as Senate President. That showed that the only thing that was constant in his mind was to cling on to the position of Senate President even if it is at the expense of his own party and the country.
“Even the media has consistently drawn attention to how Senator Saraki is managing the Senate to the extent that questions have been raised as to whose interest the Senate is serving.”