The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the upper chamber of the national assembly has declared that it has withdrawn support for the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. The PDP lawmakers claim they were left with no other choice after the APC led government continued its witch hunt of Senate President Bukola Saraki.
In a statement read by Senator Emmanuel Bawcha, Deputy Minority Leader, the PDP senators said the reason for their decision was because of the “belligerent” stance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government. The legislators announced their decision at the end of plenary on Wednesday.
“We condemn the plot to remove the senate president and his deputy through illegal means; we will no longer cooperate with the APC government until they cease their belligerent acts.”
The senators also described the freezing of the bank account of Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as a political witch-hunt, and advised the government to act with caution.
“The freezing of account of Ekiti state governor is a clear political witch-hunt; We wish the government to act with caution and desist from acts of lawlessness.”
It will be recalled that back in August, Godswill Akpabio, Senate Minority Leader, led the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) caucus of Upper house to declare support for the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In his speech Akpabio said:
“The PDP senate caucus reiterates its support to President Muhammadu Buhari and his quest to bring about a greater Nigeria; the PDP senate caucus, despite its formidable strength, has resolved to offer only credible opposition that would lead to the building of a better Nigeria. The caucus will give him all the needed support to ensure his success as president.”
With the Senate President and his Deputy facing charges of forgery filed against them by the Federal Government; and Dr. Saraki facing his own battles at the Code Of Conduct Tribunal, the PDP Lawmakers have opted to stand behind the Senate Leadership. With the present state of affairs, it may prove impossible to pass bills that will require votes of the PDP lawmakers.