Senators of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have said they will no longer support President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of plotting to remove the two top senate leaders.
The police have filed forgery charges against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu who are due to make their first court appearance on Monday.
They are accused of forging the Senate Rules to influence their election in June last year.
Reading the communiqué after their meeting, deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha, said they would withhold support for the APC government until “they cease the belligerent attitude towards PDP members.”
He said: “We condemn in totality, the orchestrated plot to remove the president of the Senate and his deputy through illegal means.
“The deployment of state instruments of coercion to intimidate an independent arm of government like the legislature is now a major threat to the survival of our democracy.
“The glaring witch-hunt of perceived opposition elements in the polity is invitation to anarchy.
“The war against corruption should not be selective, must be fought with sincerity and not the politics that is being played now with war against corruption,” he said.
The senators said since the war against corruption had devolved into probing campaign funds, it should be extended to all parties, APC inclusive.
“We therefore condemn in strong terms, the sentiments displayed in fighting corruption, example: The freezing of account of the Ekiti State governor, is clearly a political witch- hunt.
“The PDP Senate Caucus, therefore, wishes to warn the executive arm of government to act with caution on matters that have the potency to subvert our democracy,” Bwacha said.
The caucus advised the APC- led government to concentrate on the existing economic and security challenges,” that are threatening our survival as a nation.”
Various sources interviewed said the opposition senators would only “sabotage” President Buhari if they have clear majority, (at least 2/3) to influence decision making.
Buhari has no hand in it – Na’Allah
Speaking on the matter, Senator Na’Allah said; “We are appealing to them to put national interest above all other things. “This hiccup is normal in a democratic setting and they should understand that Mr. President has no hand in the issue.
“Mr. President still values the cordial relationship he has with the Nigerian Senate as a whole. As the leader of theSenate, I’m aware of the fact that all the funny happenings are not machinations coming from Mr. President,” he said.
Similarly, spokesman of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, said as far as they were concerned, the PDP lawmakers are still working for the success of the Buhari administration.
“In the House, I’m not aware that PDP members have withdrawn their support for the president. We’re working together. When it comes to matters of national interest, we shun partisanship. So, our relationship isn’t defined by party lines,” he said.
A member of the PDP told our correspondent in confidence that although they were not happy with the way the executive was handling the issue of the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders, it has not got to the extent of withdrawing their support for the president, since they cannot say clearly if the president was directly involved.