Fresh indications have emerged of a plot by some politicians in the National Assembly to sack the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and others.
Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi Central), in a point of order on Thursday, claimed that he was in possession of an evidence of a phone conversation between a former governor of Nasarawa State and senator representing Nasarawa West, Abdullahi Adamu and other unnamed people, planning to sack Saraki, his deputy, Ekweremadu and others.
Ogba claimed: “I rise this morning to bring to the notice of the Senate that there is a plan by some people in this Senate under the leadership of Senator Abdullahi Adamu. In January, Isah Hamman Misau made a comment here that there was a plan to remove the Senate President and the entire leadership.
“Now, I have a reliable information that some people are already planning to destabilize the Senate, including the leadership by organising demonstrations. I believe that all of us are leaders and none of us should do anything that will destabilize the country or the Senate. Anything that will distabilise our democracy, we should avoid it.
“If there is any issue going on, you have an opportunity to raise it here. But not to go outside and start planning with civil organisations, market women and others to lead protests against the leadership of the Senate.
“I want this matter to be investigated. I have evidence to show what I am saying. There is a telephone discussion going on between Senator Abdullahi Adamu and other people.
“This is a very serious issue. When this issue was raised in January, we did not take it seriously. We must have to stand up and look into it. Waving it aside is not the best thing. If have your permission, I want to lay the evidence in full.”
Referring the issue to its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Ekweremadu who presided, warned against plans to distabilise the National Assembly.
He mandated the Senator Samuel Anyanwu-led committee to report back within two weeks on the outcome of its findings.
Ekweremadu said: “The difference between military, autocratic or any oppressive regime and democracy is the parliament. Once you remove the parliament, you are going to have problems. In whatever you do, we must continue to preserve the sanctity of the parliament.
“I want to appeal that anybody who is interested in destabilizing this country is not doing anybody any good. We have received this information. For whatever it is worth, we will refer it to our appropriate committee on Public Petitions to look at it and report back within two weeks.”
By Ehisuan Odia…
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