- PDP lawmakers rule out impeachment
Notwithstanding the Supreme Court verdict which upheld the trial of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT recently, the lawmaker is desperate to hang on to the plum office against all odds. Investigations by Nigerian Pilot at the weekend showed that, for the senator to achieve this onerous task against the plot of the Ahmed Lawan loyalists who are desperate to catch-in on the apex court’s ruling to pull the rug off his feet, Saraki has garnered the support of no fewer than 85 senators who have reaffirmed their support for him.
This is coming as senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have ruled out any move to impeach the Senate President.
Nigerian Pilot further gathered that the speculation about a showdown between the Saraki loyalists and the Ahmed Lawan group operating under the aegis of the Senate Unity Forum ahead of the resumption of plenary, Tuesday, February 16, is losing steam, following the depletion in the membership of the Forum.
According to a very influential PDP senator who opted for anonymity, “after about 85 out of 109 senators passed a vote of confidence on Saraki it became glaring that it will be foolhardy for anyone to attempt to use the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT trial as smokescreen to remove the Senate President.
“Mind you, it is on record that Saraki is the first and only Senate President upon whom his colleagues passed vote of confidence twice in less than six months.”
He disclosed that the PDP senators that supported Saraki during the election of the leadership of the Senate last June “are still solidly behind him” and will foil any attempt by outside forces to interfere with the leadership of the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
According to him, “As far as we are concerned, nothing has changed as more APC senators hitherto on the sideline are now solidly behind the Senate President.”
Responding to question on reports that Saraki has reached out to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu to appeal for soft-landing and forgiveness following the Supreme Court verdict, he said the story has no substance as Saraki has already made it clear that he will prove his innocence at the Tribunal.
“Is President Buhari or Tinubu members of the CCT tribunal? Why should he go and start begging them over a case that is before a tribunal?
“That aside, we know Saraki has not travelled to Lagos since the Supreme Court verdict, so when and how did he visit Tinubu to plead for his intervention?
“You are also aware that President Buhari just came back to the country after his short holiday, so when did Saraki approach him as being sponsored in some media? The story is not true,” he explained.
The ranking senator maintained that the Senate will be very busy with work on the 2016 budget when they resume on Tuesday and that “there will be no time for frivolities.”