Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Friday while speaking with journalists at the party’s national secretariat, said that the only way the Senate President Bukola Saraki can avoid impeachment is to resign.
He noted that Saraki would be removed from office in accordance to the law and democratic norms.
“Saraki is not going to be the first senate president to be impeached and I doubt if he is going to be the last, but definitely he will be impeached according to law and to democratic norms.
“The only way Saraki can avoid impeachment is for him to do what is honourable which again leads to the issue of character,” Oshiomhole said.
He cited Senator Godswill Akpabio who resigned as senate minority leader before defecting officially from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.
“Senator Saraki has demonstrated neither character nor being a man of honour,” the APC national chairman said.
He noted that the senate president had consistently undermined the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration, adding that the declaration of the Senate vacation on Tuesday instead of Thursday as earlier scheduled was a deliberate attempt to further delay the passage of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) budget as requested by the president.
Reacting to the statement of Saraki regarding the invasion of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services, Mr. Oshiomhole asked how the senate president could arrive at the conclusion that there was an alleged plan to impeachment him even before the incident.
“Until an action takes place, how can you determine the status?” Oshiomhole asked.
“If the impeachment by itself is unlawful, then you can probably understand where it is coming from.
“But it is lawful to impeach anyone including the President of the Senate, including the deputy president of the Senate, if the number required to do so is present, so he cannot preempt. As they say, you don’t have to be a pathological liar before you understand this common saying, ‘Once you start with one lie, you will need a series of lies to support that one lie.”
According to Oshiomhole, Saraki from his statement at the World Press Conference admitted that he and his PDP colleagues were aware of an alleged plot to illegally impeach him from office.
“Therefore, they mobilised thugs, they mobilised their journalists and cameramen to the Senate. They told the world they had adjourned till 25th of September, meanwhile, about 15 PDP senators were in the Senate for the event, and they imported hundreds of thugs that molested one or two of our members that they sighted in the premises of the Senate.
“In order to evade the lies, I ask you as defender of democracy, did you find any APC senator in the senate? So, if the APC senators were not in the senate, and its PDP senators that were in the senate, what is the basis of the false report that there were attempts to carry out illegal impeachment?”
The APC Chairman noted that the first meeting that was held after his election was with Saraki. He noted that the senate president had about 36 APC senators who he wanted to defect along with him but the new APC leadership took pre-emptive steps which made some of the senators to change their heart.
“The first meeting we held after our election was with Senator Saraki to try and listen to his grievances and this I did in company of the Vice President and he acknowledged that those steps were taken when he was leaving, to listen to what I called negotiable and verifiable grievances.
“But however, his real grievances are not negotiable which is about ambition, value and his fundamental values and the values of the APC. When he defected, he went to Ilorin to tell the people part of the truth that he was leaving for two reasons.
“He alleged that Buhari gave out over 200 juicy appointments without allocating some to him and he chose to speak for the Speaker of the House of Representatives that he was also not given. He lamented that he was not given a share of the so-called 200 juicy positions.
Mr. Oshiomhole noted that it was neither the Federal Government nor the APC that linked Saraki to the Offa Bank robbery case.
“A crime that led to the killing of about 35 persons cannot be dismissed with a wave of hand and in any jurisdiction, when your name is linked to such heinous crime, people don’t clap for you. It is the duty of the security agents to investigate and establish whether they are valid or invalid.
“So, if he was linked to armed robbery that cannot be an offense of the government or the APC. The best defense I have heard is that the robbers said that he did not ask them to use the weapon for armed robbery.”