PDP senators draw battle line with Buhari, vow to frustrate him

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The stage appears set for a long drawn battle
between the Federal Government and the
legislative arm of government, as Senators
elected on the platform of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday, vowed to
henceforth frustrate every communication from
President Muhammadu Buhari and his All
Progressives Congress, APC government to the
Senate
According to the PDP Senators, their decision to
cease further cooperation with the Buhari
administration was because of the “unwarranted
threats to the legislative arm of government,
particularly to the Senate leadership by the
executive arm, as well as the on-going
intimidation and persecution of the opposition
PDP by the ruling APC.”
The Senators stated this at a press conference in
Abuja to formally announce their withdrawal of
support in all forms for the ruling government
The PDP lawmakers accused the president of
selective persecution of their party members in
the name of fighting corruption while turning deaf
ears on his party members who have corruption
allegations hanging on their necks.
Reading a prepared statement containing caucus
resolutions at their Tuesday’s meeting, Deputy
Senate Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha,
accompanied by over 30 PDP senators to the
press conference, insisted that the president’s
actions through the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, had become
worrisome to well meaning Nigerians over the
safety of democracy in the country.
The PDP Senate caucus also frowned at the
freezing of the personal account of Ekiti State
Governor, Ayo Fayose by the EFCC allegedly on
the order of the president, and challenged
President Buhari to extend probe of campaign
funds beyond the PDP controlled states.
The statement read: “We, the PDP senators met
in our caucus meeting yesterday 21st June, 2016
and deliberated on the state of the nation, and to
examine our position on unwarranted threats to
the legislative arm of government, particularly to
the Senate leaadership by the executive arm, as
well as the on-going intimidation/persecution of
the opposition party (PDP) by the ruling party
(APC)
“Arising from the forgoing, the caucus passed
resolutions condemning in totality the
orchestrated plot to remove the President of the
Senate and his Deputy, 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 glaring witchhunt of perceived opposition
elements in the polity is invitation to anarchy.
‘”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. e.g. freezing of 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, APC inclusive.
“The PDP Senate Caucus therefore wish to warn
the Executive arm of government to act with
caution on matters that have the potency to
subvert our democracy. The Executive must
therefore desist from these acts of lawlessness
that are only typical in a military dictatorship.
”The caucus therefore wish to advise the APC
led government to concentrate on the existing
economic and security challenges that are
threatening our survival as a nation.
“Finally, the PDP Caucus wish to reiterate that
we will no longer support the APC government
until they cease the belligerent attitude towards
PDP members.
The resolution was signed by the Senate
Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio and the
Deputy Senate Minority Leader, Emmanuel
Bwacha, Others are Senator Phillip Aduda,
Senate Minority Whip and Biodun Olujimi, Deputy
Senate Minority Whip.

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