Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, has said that the senators of All Progressive Congress (APC) remain the majority in the Senate and are resolute to impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki and others who are in the minority but occupying principal position at the hallowed chamber.
Lawan vowed that those in the minority occupying positions at the Senate and refuse to follow the path of honour and integrity by exiting; will be sent out with “ignominy”.
Lawan was quoted as making the promise when he spoke during the APC presidential convention, held at the Eagle Square, in Abuja at the weekend, where President Muhammadu Buhari was ratified as the party presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
The National Assembly will resume plenary on Tuesday after a long recession. Already there are indications that the APC senators are ready to do everything to impeach Saraki, whose defection to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) along with some other senators, has thrown the Senate into some sort of crisis.
The APC leadership and its senators have insisted that Saraki must be impeached even when the party seems not to have the number of senators required by law to do so.
Re-echoing the avowed position of the APC’ senators, Lawan said: “The senate wishes to assure you that we will remain in our caucus determined, focused and resolved to work with you.
“On July 15, this year, when we had unceremonious closure of the Senate and the National Assembly for the first time, we had the most cohesive, united and focused APC caucus in the Eighth senate.
“We remain committed to you and the programmes of this administration. We remain loyal to our party, and we shall continue to support any programme of this administration.
“We thank Mr. President for supporting senators who have remained committed and loyal to this party.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the chairman and leaders of the party, for supporting us at the most difficult times in the history of our primaries.
“I want to add that it is not yet uhuru for some of us. We believe that there are still some issues to be resolved in favour of some of our colleagues.
“I want to also add that the number of senators of APC in the senate remains the largest. I want to call the attention of everyone here to the fact that democracy, as defined by people, remains government of the majority, where minority will always have their say.
“Those who cannot remember that there was a time in this country when nine was greater than 16, I want to remind them that we have come to that point again.
“Now, we have our chamber dominated and occupied by minority leaders. They remain minority leaders occupying our positions. Those who refuse to follow the part of honour and integrity by exiting; we will send them out with ignominy.
“I want to assure everyone here that 2019 is going to be a walkover for Mr. President, by the grace of God. It will see APC winning more than 24 states.
“We will have a national assembly where vast majority of senators will be from the APC and in the House of Representatives.
“We want to have a National Assembly that will, at all times, work with Mr. President, day and night, to deliver to Nigerians what we have lost over the years.
“The leadership of the National Assembly has shown to us that they are not prepared to be loyal to this administration.
“On Tuesday, we will be going back to the National Assembly when our recess is over. We intend to force through a lot of things and pass that budget for INEC and the security agencies for the 2019 election.
“If we cannot convince them, we intend to force through the foreign plan for this administration. Some people have taken our mandate and ran away with it. We intend to fight, defend and promote the interest of this party at all cost,” he assured.
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