BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The National Working Committee of the reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), on Sunday said the political tension in the country is avoidable if only the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government and the party chieftains refrain from making reckless militarised utterances to heat up the system instead of facing the huge task of providing leadership for the country.
This is just as the R-APC said the factional leadership of the APC led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has perfected plans to make Tuesday, August 14, 2018, resumption date of the National Assembly another kettle of fish for the illegal impeachment of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
The R-APC stressed that it is needless to remind the APC that the National Assembly is an arm of government represented by elected persons who are vested with the responsibility of making laws for the good governance of the country.
The breakaway faction from the APC further said that the National Assembly is neither a kingdom of princes and princesses, nor is it a sanctuary for traditional doctrinaire where crowns and beads are used to impose monarchical authority.
These were contained in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the R-APC, Prince Kasim Afegbua, who also said the Oshiomhole-led APC is hell-bent on giving nebulous interpretation to the provision of the 1999 constitution (as amended) by using the numbers of Senators present to provoke an impeachment.
Afegbua said as part of the plot, the APC has called on all of its Senators to make it a point of duty to participate at the plenary on Tuesday to pass a vote of “no confidence” on the Senate President, adding that this is expected to be followed by orchestrated rancourous plenary session from where impeachment motion would be raised and their illegality perpetrated.
According to Afegbua; “There have been two meetings of the APC leaders and the Senators in the last 48 hours to perfect this approach. The security agencies have also been briefed according to information reaching us. The APC factional chairman has been boasting and insisting that the Senate President would be impeached by whatever means because he no longer deserves to wear the “crown”.
“It is possible that the leadership of the factional APC now sees the National Assembly as a Palace, where crowns and beads are the instruments of authority.
“We have continuously insisted that this APC-led government under President Buhari have “outsourced governance” to the cabals. We are however relieved that God has commenced the ‘Greatest Revelations’ of all anti-democratic elements in this government, that made thousands of our members to break away.”
The R-APC challenged te National Assembly upon resumption, to also institute a high-powered Investigative Panel to unravel the several invasions that have become the operative themes in the nation’s fledgling democracy.
The breakaway faction of the APC also condemned what it described as the high-handedness against its members who defected to the political parties of their choice, stressing that specifically, the Deputy Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly has become a victim of executive lawlessness in the past couple of days.
Afegbua further said; “We also condemn the wanton killings in Kogi state during the just concluded by-election. Under this government, human lives have become cheap and of no value.
“The level of extreme poverty and increasing rate of unemployment across the country are realities that should worry any serious-minded government that has the interest of the people at heart.”
The R-APC also called on the Senate President to invoke the provisions of section 68 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) in declaring the seat of Senator Godswill Akpabio vacant, saying that it is not on record that there is division in the opposition PDP, hence the declaration will be a step in the right direction.
“As the National Assembly plans to resume on Tuesday, we are calling on all Nigerians and lovers of democracy to be extra-vigilant before and during the plenary. The latest plans by the APC may yet again leave unsavoury taste in our mouths,” R-APC enthused.