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A group, Parliamentary Support Group, in the National Assembly, on Monday, reaffirmed its support to President Muhammadu Buhari, and commended his efforts in the fight against corruption.
This is coming just after the National Assembly, after a joint session on Monday, threatened to to invoke its Constitutional powers to impeach the President if the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, is allowed to remain in office.
However, in a press statement signed by Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, lawmaker representing Bebeji/Kiru federal constituency in Kano State, he noted that most of the issues raised at the joint sesion concerning the fight against corruption, insecurity and the rule of law has been severally discussed in the Senate and the House and various resolutions passed.
According to him, almost all the members and senators that spoke at the Executive session are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) declined joining the discussion to avoid a rowdy confrontation as the entire session could easily pass for a PDP Executive session.
The statement partly read: “That it is commendable that the Speaker tactically refused to make any comment at the session even after the Senate President took time to explain the issues which are mostly personal.
“That it is disturbing and raised many questions of pre determined intentions that a known ally of the Senate President from Kwara State Hon Rasak Atunwa drafted what was adopted as the resolution and without voting against standard parliamentary practice.
“That we commend the efforts of Mr President in the fight against corruption, tackling of the insecurity challenges and respect for rule of law and democratic institutions. Mr President is known for his non interference policy.
“That every Senator or Member of House who has corruption or criminal allegation against him or her should clear his or her name without dragging the entire institution of the National Assembly into the matter.
“That the National Assembly should as well look in ward and address the issue of suffocating Senators and members with dissenting or contrary opinion through coercion or extra legal means.
“That the PDP should recall how it members in the 7th Assembly sat comfortably in the chamber and watched a sitting Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal locked out of the National Assembly and all his security personnels withdrawn while APC members had to scale the fence to gain entrance into the National Assembly.
“That we must exercise caution at this delicate period not to over heat the polity with statements that are capable of dividing the country, embarrassing us before the watching world and creating friction between the legislature, Executive and specifically Mr President.
“We wish to reaffirm our support to Mr President as he works assiduously towards dealing with the challenges of our country”
Recall that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had recently ordered the disbandment of the Parliamentary Support Group, in the senate
The group was formed in March by pro-Buhari senators after a face-off with their colleagues on the amendment to the electoral act.
Early April, members of the group including Abdullahi Adamu, Ovie Omo-Agege, Abu Ibrahim, Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, Babajide Omoworare, Ali Ndume, openly identified with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura as his parliamentary support group.