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PDP accuses FG, APC of plot to overthrow Saraki through court order

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh, Abuja
04 August 2018   |   4:26 am
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Federal Government of shopping for what it called a fraudulent interim court...

Senate President Bukola Saraki. REUTERS/Paul Carsten

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Federal Government of shopping for what it called a fraudulent interim court order to declare vacant, the seat of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, following his defection from the APC to the PDP.

The PDP in a statement released by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, alerted that credible information at its disposal showed that some cabals in the Presidency and APC had perfected a plan to institute a lawsuit to challenge the validity of Saraki’s seat with the sole aim of securing a fraudulent injunction to force him out of office pending the determination of the substantive suit.

“Further intelligence available to us shows that once they are able to secure the injunction from a particular compromised judicial officer, they intend to arraign and detain the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on trumped up charges and ensure he is not granted bail so as to keep him out of circulation while their men would move in to effect an illegal leadership change in the Senate.”

The PDP further said that while it trusts that the Chief Justice of Nigeria will protect the sanctity of our judiciary especially at this trying times in our national history, it called on the institution of the judiciary at all levels to immune itself from being used by enemies of our democracy, as no house falls leaving its roof standing.

“This desperation by despotic forces to forcefully and illegally take control of the Senate, the highest symbol of our Democratic Order, is nothing short of “civilianised coup” which must be resisted by all.

“The judiciary must, therefore, ensure that it is not intimidated or ensnared to be party to a desperate bid to destabilise our nation.

The PDP stated that “this newest devilish plot to destabilise our democracy lays credence to our earlier stand that President Buhari’s supposed London vacation is a ploy to absolve himself of responsibility for the political terror they have plotted to unleash on the opposition, especially the National Assembly.”

“Although they denied it as usual, Nigerians can bear witness to the fact that there is nothing the APC government denied that they did not eventually execute.
Indeed, there has never been any impunity they executed that they did not deny.”

According to the opposition party, “The recent rascally attempt to hold Saraki and Ekweremadu hostage in their homes on July 24, 2018 as well as the terrorisation of the Benue State House of Assembly after Governor Samuel Ortom’s, defection bear sad testimony to this fact.

We, therefore, call on Nigerians and the international community to be on the alert as the conspirators plan to commence the execution of this evil plot from Tuesday next week.

The PDP cautioned the APC and others “in this evil ring to note that they are now running on a collision course with Nigerians as the citizens will definitely not fold their hands and watch them destroy our hard earned democracy and foist a fascism on our dear nation.”