The Deputy Senate President of the outgoing National Assembly, Ike Ekweremadu, on Thursday revealed alleged plots to ‘overthrow’ the Bukola Saraki led assembly by force.
Ekweremadu, who spoke during the valedictory session of the National Assembly, expressed joy that the alleged plot failed. He also applauded some of his colleagues who stood against the supposed evil plots.
He said, “In the front of our problems, we stood together as a Senate. We are mindful of the institution and of course, our loyalty was to the people of Nigeria. I will like to thank my colleagues for taking that position.
“As a matter of fact, there were plans to overthrow this Senate by force but there are some people here, in spite of their political divide, they stood their ground and today I want to thank them. I thank them for their courage, for standing by the truth. This has shown that there are still men of goodwill in this country.”
For his fellow members in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he said, “I will like to thank my colleagues in the PDP who, despite all the trauma, the persecutions, stood by democracy and rule of law and committed themselves to this institution. You are the heroes of this eighth Senate.”
The 8th Senate witnessed a situation where strangers, allegedly aided by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege invaded the hallowed chamber and made away with the Mace.
There was also a scenario when Nigerian security forces invaded the premises. Another notable event was when PDP senators apparently kept vigil at the complex to forestall an alleged plot by APC senators to impeach the leadership of the Senate.