Senate slams FG over attempt to remove Saraki, Ekweremadu

– Nigeria Senate has accused the Executive Arm of the
Federal Government of plotting to remove Saraki and
Ekweremadu
– Senate the Attorney General and some party leaders
were bent on removing both Saraki and Ekweremadu
from office for selfish reasons

Senate president, Bukola Saraki (L) and deputy Senate
president, Ike Ekweremadu (R)
The Nigerian Senate has accused the Executive Arm of the
Federal Government to muzzle the legislature and
criminalise legislative processes in order to cause
leadership change in the National Assembly.
Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Chairman, Senate Committee
on Media and Public Affairs who spoke on behalf of the
Senate said the planned charges of forgery and conspiracy
preferred against the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar
Bukola Saraki, his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu,
immediate past Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji
Salisu Maikasuwa and the Clerk of the Senate, Mr. Ben
Efeturi is a return to the era of impunity and lack of respect
for due process which we all fought to abolish.
He said the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr.
Abubakar Malami and some party leaders were bent on
removing both Saraki and Ekweremadu from office for
selfish reasons.
“We must make it clear here to the individuals in the
Executive arm and party leadership behind these plots not
to mistake the maturity and hand of co-operation being
extended to the Presidency by the legislature as a sign of
weakness. The National Assembly bent backwards to
accommodate various infractions and inefficiencies in
pursuit of inter-arms co-operation and national interest.
“We did not follow up the various infractions because we
believe there are bigger issues which the government has
to attend to in order to ensure that every Nigerian have
food on his table and live confortably in a secure
environment. We know that the country is actually in a state
of economic emergency and all hands must be on deck,” he
said.
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The Senate said Nigerians are facing enough economic
hardship at this time which requires the full attention and
cooperation of the three arms of government, rather than
attempts to distract and politicise governance.
“We must make it clear here to the individuals in the
Executive arm and party leadership behind these plots not
to mistake the maturity and hand of co-operation being
extended to the Presidency by the legislature as a sign of
weakness. The National Assembly bent backwards to
accommodate various infractions and inefficiencies in
pursuit of inter-arms co-operation and national interest.
“We did not follow up the various infractions because we
believe there are bigger issues which the government has
to attend to in order to ensure that every Nigerian have
food on his table and live confortably in a secure
environment. We know that the country is actually in a state
of economic emergency and all hands must be on deck.
“This latest plot is directed at forcing a change of leadership
in the Senate or, in the extreme case, ground the Red
Chamber of the National Assembly. Or how do one
interpret a move in which the two presiding officers are
being set up to be remanded in Kuje Prison or
incapacitated from sitting at plenary through a day-to-day
trial on a matter that is purely an internal affair of the
Senate.
“This present efforts, therefore, is clearly a coup against the
legislature with the ignoble aim to undermine its
independence and subject the law making institution to the
whims and caprices of the executive. It is a plan to return
Nigeria to the dictatorial era which we have, as a nation,
voted to reject.
“It is a dangerous trend with grave implications for the
survival of our democracy and the integrity of the
component institutions. This rule of men as against the rule
of law is also the reason why the War Against Corruption,
one of the cardinal objectives of the present
administration, is losing credibility because people perceive
it to be selective and, in most cases, aimed at settling
political or partisan scores.
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“The Rules of the Senate and how the institution elects its
leadership are internal affairs. The Rules of a new Senate
are provided by the National Assembly bureaucracy. It has
always been so since 1999. After the inauguration of the
Senate, if Senators have objections to any part of the Rules,
they can follow the procedure for changing it.
“Senators of the Eighth Senate have no control on the rules
applied in the elections of June 9, 2015 because until after
their inauguration, they were only Senators-elect, and
therefore mere bystanders in the affairs of the Senate.
The Senate therefore urge all Nigerians and the
International Community to rise up and condemn the
attempt to subject the legislature to the control, whims and
caprices of the executive.
“If the Legislative branch falls, democracy fails as there will
be no other institution empowered by the Constitution to
check and balance the enormous powers of the Executive
branch. We also call on the judiciary as the last hope to
save our constitutional democracy and stand up for the
rule of law, by doing that which is right in this case,” the
Senate said.
Despite the economic realities on ground, Bukola Saraki
and Ike Ekweremadu, are among the four lawmakers, who
are being penned down for a life pension allowance.

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