The Nigerian Senate has denied any allegations of a purported plan to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari in its Tuesday’s closed door session.
On Thursday, the upper chamber expressed disappointment at the reaction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the impeachment claims, saying such insinuations were speculative.
Spokesman of the senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, in a statement said the comments credited to Mai Mala Buni, the national secretary of the party, was based on the “falsehood being spread by Sahara Reporters”.
It said members of the public had disregarded the report knowing the reputation of the source. The senate said they expected the APC to at least explore all the options open to it to verify that piece of fabrication, which is only the figment of the imagination of the writers and their sponsors.
“It should be clear to the APC leadership that if there is any truth to that story, it should have been credited to a particular senator who was at the executive session.
It is evident from our proceedings of yesterday (Wednesday) that the Senate itself was shocked that such a fabrication which constitute a breach of the privileges of the Senators was published and that was why we mandated our committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions to investigate the source and circumstances leading to the emergence of such a fabrication.”
They further urged the party to always find out the truth about any statement, issue or development in the national assembly before taking a public position.
According to the Senate, such comments by the party can create tension and give a wrong impression, particularly when it is not founded on genuine or factual ground.
They assured the party that the senate as an institution values the present democracy in our country and will not do anything that will undermine or weaken the system.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, said it would not speak on the alleged impeachment threats against President Buhari.
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National Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, said the issue remained entirely within the ambit of the legislature. The Chief Chekwas Okorie-led United Peoples Party, UPP, was, however, not restrained in its reaction, describing any impeachment plot as satanic and subversive.