The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday stated that it has investigated circumstances surrounding Tuesday’s invasion of the National Assembly by security operatives, and accused the Senate President, Bukola Saraki of sponsoring the plot to foment violence as part of his last-minute effort to avert being impeached.
The National Assembly was invaded by masked operatives of the Department of State Services DSS and a handful of policemen Tuesday morning, in what pro-Saraki lawmakers alleged was a government sanctioned move to get the Senate President out of the way.
The siege lasted until late afternoon when DSS operatives stood down after receiving reports that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo did not authorise the deployment and had fired the director-general of the secret police, Lawal Daura, as a consequence
Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, in a statement issued in Abuja, disclosed that their investigation into the siege unearthed “that the timely intervention of the security operatives forestalled the planned violence which could have led to possible deaths, injuries and destruction of property in the National Assembly on Tuesday”.
The ruling party continued, “Why did the Senate President mobilise thugs to the National Assembly who almost lynched Hon. E.J. Agbonayinma, the only APC federal lawmaker present but for the timely intervention of security operatives.
“Why did the Senate President reconvene the National Assembly? Ostensibly as a pre-emptive move to frustrate federal lawmakers move to impeach him.
“Is it not curious that only Peoples Democratic Party PDP federal lawmakers were present in their numbers-some as early as 7am, while the majority APC federal lawmakers were elsewhere holding a caucus meeting on the state of the nation?”
The APC then called “on security agencies and relevant bodies to as a matter of urgency probe these findings and take all necessary and legitimate action to stop these illegalities which pose a direct and ominous threat to our democracy.
“As espoused in our earlier statement, whilst our contention with the leadership of the National Assembly as currently constituted is a matter of public record, we still believe that the legislature as an independent arm of government must be allowed free reign for vibrant contestation of ideas and values amongst its members within the context of their constitutional mandate and for the benefit of the Nigerian people.
“Finally, we reiterate our call for the Senate President to resign from the position immediately as he no longer has the moral and legitimate ground to occupy that position as a member of the minority PDP. Going by the popular axiom, ‘the majority will have their way, but the minority will have their say’”, the party added.