Accept the Reality, You Can’t Impeach Saraki, Ekweremadu, PDP Tells APC, Presidency

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lambasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) over call to impeach the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, adding APC lacks the majority and constitutional requirement to move against the two principal officers of the House.
In a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday in Abuja, said it is practically impossible to remove Saraki and Ekweremadu based on the current configuration of the House.
The party advised presidency and the APC to accept the reality.
It added that there was no way they could muster the constitutionally required two-thirds votes of the 109 senators, representing 73 Senators for the impeachment plans to succeed.
The PDP said: “Even before then, Nigerians were already aware of moves to use humongous funds to induce lawmakers to trigger crisis in the National Assembly and pave the way for the removal of presiding officers.
“Now that they have discovered that there is no way they can achieve their intentions, they have commenced a war of blackmail, distortions of fact and media trial against the Senate leadership.”
It said that the attempts would end up as another wasteful venture, as Nigerians were aware of “the long-drawn desperation to annex the legislature.”
The PDP added that even among the ranks of APC senators and members of House of Representatives, there is huge aversion to the tactics being deployed to force out duly elected presiding officers of the Assembly.
It said that such lawmakers were fully aligned with Nigerians, the PDP and the National Assembly leadership in the protection of the independence, sanctity and integrity of the parliament and all democratic institutions in the country.
“It is therefore instructive for both the Presidency and the APC to know that there is no way they can remove the leadership of the National Assembly, particularly the Senate.”
It cautioned against overheating the polity and attempts to circumvent rules and the Constitution, saying that such would not change the resolve of Nigerians to vote out APC in 2019.

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