OrderPaperToday– The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reversed its position on the National Assembly siege by men of the State Security Service.
In its initial reaction yesterday, the Party disassociated itself from the invasion of the Parliament, describing it as a purely “legislative matter.”
However, in a statement released today, the Party says its investigations have now uncovered a “sinister plot” hatched by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, to foment violence in the National Assembly in a bid to stop his impeachment, and commended the DSS for disrupting such plans.
“We are now aware that the timely intervention of the security operatives forestalled the planned violence which could have led to possible deaths, injuries and destruction of property in the National Assembly on Tuesday,” APC said.
In the statement, the Party accused the President of the Senate of mobilising thugs to try and lynch E.J. Agbonayinma at the National Assembly, who, they claimed, was “the only APC federal lawmaker present.”
OrderPaper Nigeria can confirm that protesters at the entrance of the National Assembly complex booed Agbonayinma, even as the lawmaker was escorted by a DSS operative.
In another allegation, the Party asked: “Why did the Senate President reconvene the National Assembly?” In the statement, they claimed it was “…ostensibly as a pre-emptive move to frustrate federal lawmakers move to impeach him.”
Recall that on Monday, the President of the Senate released a statement asking the leadership of the Senate to meet with him to discuss national issues. This was not a formal reconvening of the Assembly as implied by the APC in their statement today. The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf, who was also present at the National Assembly complex yesterday, confirmed this meeting.
The statement further enquires: “Is it not curious that only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) federal lawmakers were present in their numbers-some as early as 7am, while the majority APC federal lawmakers were elsewhere holding a caucus meeting on the state of the nation.”
OrderPaper Nigeria can report that indeed, the National Assembly was populated by PDP lawmakers while it was rumoured that the APC members were meeting at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. However, our reporter who visited the venue could not confirm such meeting, as no APC lawmaker was seen at the hotel, neither were their aides or security detail.
Also, the APC urged security agencies and relevant bodies to immediately probe their “findings” and “take all necessary and legitimate action to stop these illegalities which pose a direct and ominous threat to our democracy.”
The Party concluded by reiterating its call for the President of the Senate to resign, as “he no longer has the moral and legitimate ground to occupy that position as a member of the minority PDP.”