Senate leadership Impeachment threat: APC, PDP senators agree to give peace a chance - AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARY NEWS



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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Senate leadership Impeachment threat: APC, PDP senators agree to give peace a chance

Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki
The Nigerian Senate Tuesday rose from a meeting and resolved to put to rest the contentious political and parliamentary issues that had distracted it ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The meeting which held behind closed doors for 20 minutes was said to have attracted expressions of serious worries by lawmakers concerning recent political disturbances in the upper chamber.

Though no official statement was issued at the end of the closed-door session but a lawmaker who pleaded anonymity told our reporter that the earlier threats and counter threats by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers were dropped.

According to the lawmaker, “the Senate today (Tuesday) reconvened after about two months recess and immediately went into closed session where all members had frank discussions about the future of the Eighth Senate as it goes into its last stage.

He continued, “The members agreed to give peace a chance and avoid allowing the red chamber of the federal legislature to get degenerated into an arena of conflict over partisan and personal issues”

It was equally learnt that the APC caucus also extracted a promise from the Senate President that national interest will continue to take precedence over any other consideration in the activities of the Senate.

Further, the senators were said to have agreed not to allow external forces and influence to cause disaffection, disturbance or crisis within the legislature.

But the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, had severally urged his party men in the Senate to remove Saraki as Senate President because of his defection to the PDP.

Against this backdrop, political pundits still believe that the threats for Saraki’s removal from office may not be totally ruled out as uncertainty and surprise remain the constant feature of politics.

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