The chairman of the governing All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has given the marching orders to its members at both the upper and lower chambers to do whatever it takes to remove their leaders in order to prevent a government shutdown.
Oshiomhole also insisted that the time of the current Senate President Bukola Saraki had run out, hence he must be shown the way out, hinging his argument on the fact that the APC had the majority in the Senate. This is a Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan and House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila at different instances said that the ruling party must be ready to stand with its members in the National Assembly who are doing the party’s bidding.
These were the thrust of the tripartite meeting between the leadership of the party and its members at both chambers of the National Assembly yesterday evening in Abuja. Oshiomhole said: “Democracy teaches us that minority has the right to have their say but majority must have their way. So, if we have 56 senators and they have 49 senators, I insist that 49 senators cannot preside over the affairs of a house in which APC has 56 senators. And I ask them to tell us anywhere in the world where minority rules over majority.
“Let me restate that we cannot be subjected to minority rule in the Nigerian Senate and, therefore, whether it is convenient for Distinguished Senator Saraki or not, the truth is whether by morality or by law or by convention, (he should remain in his position). “Senator Saraki can only avoid impeachment by toeing the path of honour; step down so that APC can take over the leadership of the House. Saraki as president of the Senate will be lawfully and democratically impeached. It will not be illegally done.
It will be done according to law and tradition.” On preventing government shutdown due to the crisis, he added: “Ours is to appeal to all of you, your commitment to the sustenance of democracy is enough to get you to do all that you can to get the National Assembly to reconvene so that these and other weighty national issues will be deliberated upon, appropriate decisions reached so that the Nigerian government is not shut down. “If we do not take those steps and government cannot spend money that should be appropriated, we run the risk of government shutdown. As members of the governing party, I believe you will do whatever is needed to be done to prevent a government shutdown.” On his part, the Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan, asked the party to give preferential treatment to loyal members. “Every senator and House of Representatives member in the APC fold today deserves very gentle handling, good treatment. Some of them have stayed despite the issues they face either with their governors or their state chapters. That means that, as you have promised and we have seen the signs already, the party will ensure that all issues in contention are resolved and in good time,” he said.