Thursday, June 23, 2016

PDP Senators Vow To Frustrate President

SENATORS on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have vowed to frustrate every communica­tion from President Muhammadu Bu­hari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Senate.

The senators based their decision on what they called “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 party PDP by the ruling APC.”

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, they accused the president of persecuting their party members in the guise of fighting corruption, while alleg­edly pamparing on his party members who have corruption allegations hang­ing on their necks.

The development confirmed Daily Sun’s earlier story that lawmakers resolved after their caucus meeting on Tuesday to withdraw their support for Buhari and his party, APC.

Deputy Senate Minority Leader, Em­manuel Bwacha, who was accompanied by over 30 PDP senators at the press conference, said 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.

While frowning at the freezing of personal account of Ekiti State gover­nor, Ayo Fayose by the anti-graft agency allegedly on the order of the president, the senators challenged Buhari to extend probe of campaign funds beyond the PDP-controlled states.

‘’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 wishes 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 wishes to advise the APC led government to con­centrate on the existing economic and security challenges that are threatening our survival as a nation.”

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