Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), a splinter group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday alleged that top APC chiefs are planning to forcibly reconvene the Senate and impeach its president, Bukola Saraki.
In a statement made by the National Publicity Secretary, Prince Kassim Afegbua claimed the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, Justice Minister Abubakar Malami and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha were behind the Saraki impeachment moves.
R-APC claimed the trio held a meeting on the matter at the Maitama residence of Oshiomhole on Thursday.
It said: “Having met a brick wall, going by the legal processes involved before the Senate can be re-opened, the disputed APC leadership is toiling with the barbaric idea of forcefully opening the National Assembly, reconvening the Senate and using the senators of the APC to preside over the planned impeachment.
“Senator Abdullahi Adamu has been penciled down to succeed Saraki, amid a host of other changes in the principal officers.
“Once the leadership is overthrown in a coup d’état manner, the Senate will immediately consider the virement budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and also approve the pending nominations in the Senate.
“Part of the plot was to reach out to some PDP senators, especially those who have Economic and Financial Crimes Commission queries, in order to give them a clean bill of health once they defect to the APC.
“They also agreed to woo some senators with the sum of N50 million.”
R-APC, therefore, called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to “call these persons to order, to avoid a needless breakdown of law and order.
This idea of wrongfully deploying the Nigeria Police Force against the people they were meant to protect has made us mere object of ridicule in the eyes of the world.”
APC Acting National Publicity Secretary Yekini Nabena, however in reaction to the allegation described it as the “cry of a drowning man.”
He said: “The reason most of them are defecting is that the President Buhari-led administration is not sharing money, which is the PDP philosophy.
This administration cannot inject taxpayers’ money into impeaching the president of the Senate or the speaker of the House of Representatives. This is a serious government and not a dead party called the PDP.”