A group of lawmakers, under the umbrella of the Parliamentary Support Group (PSG), has queried the manner the resolutions passed against President Muhammad Buhari were adopted, especially the threat to evoke constitutional power of the National Assembly.
The group, in a statement signed by former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, last night said that almost all the members and senators that spoke at the Executive Session are 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.
“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,
“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,” Jibrin said.
It, however, commended 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.”
“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
“The National Assembly should as well look inward and address the issue of suffocating Senators and members with dissenting or contrary opinion through coercion or extra legal means
“We must exercise caution at this delicate period not to overheat 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.”