We won't support Buhari again, PDP senators say

   The People's Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Caucus has said it will no longer cooperate with the Executive arm of government if President Muhammadu Buhari goes ahead with the planned trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu over their alleged forging of the Upper Chamber's Standing Rules.

According to the lawmakers, "the PDP Caucus wishes to
reiterate that we will no longer support the All Progressives Congress (APC) government until they cease the belligerent attitude towards PDP members."

The Caucus, chaired by the Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, came out of a meeting on Wednesday with a six-point resolution on its next line of relationship with the Executive.

The opposition lawmakers noted with concern what they described as the unwarranted threats to the legislative arm of government, particularly to the Senate leadership, by the Executive arm, as well as the ongoing intimidation/persecution of the PDP by the ruling APC.

It said that arising from the foregoing, the Caucus passed the following resolutions: "Condemns in totality, the orchestrated plot to remove Saraki and Ekweremadu through an 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 Caucus said it had noted with regrets the glaring witch-hunt of perceived opposition elements in the polity which it described as an invitation to anarchy.
Bwacha said: "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'.

"We therefore condemn in strong terms the sentiments displayed in fighting corruption. For example, freezing of the account of the Ekiti State Governor is clearly a political witch-hunt.

"Since the war against corruption has devolved into probing campaign funds, it should be extended to all parties, the APC inclusive."

The PDP Senate Caucus therefore warned the Executive arm of government to act with caution on matters that have the potency to subvert our democracy, adding that the Executive must therefore desist from these acts of lawlessness that are only typical in a military dictatorship.

Meanwhile, Saraki has denied knowledge of how the rules adopted in the inauguration of the Eighth Senate on June 9, 2015 were formulated.

He said the ongoing efforts to drag him into a case of forgery before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, was just another phase in the orchestrated persecution he has faced since he emerged as Senate President a little over a year ago.

 vendetta," Saraki said.

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