The Nigerian Senate has said that the All Progressive Congress, APC, reacted to mere rumors when it blasted the upper chamber of the National Assembly over news reports on the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, the senate’s spokesperson said that the legislative arm of the federal government was surprised that the leadership of the APC and and the party’s national secretary, Mai Bala Buni would give credence to untruths stories spread by SaharaReporters, an online tabloid.
“We expected the party to at least explore all the options open to it to verify that piece of fabrication which is only the figment of the imagination of the writers and their sponsors. It should be clear to the APC leadership that if there is any truth to that story, it should have been credited to a particular senator who was at the executive session,” the statement, emailed to The Trent on Thursday, July 14, 2016 said.
“It is evident from our proceedings of yesterday [Wednesday, July 13,2016] that the senate itself was shocked that such a fabrication which constitute a breach of the privileges of the senators was published and that was why we mandated our committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions to investigate the source and circumstances leading to the emergence of such a fabrication.”
Abdullahi encouraged the party to always clarify news items and their sources before reacting to them. He said “We will like to assure the [APC] party that the Senate as an institution values the present democracy in our country and will not do anything that will undermine or weaken the system.”
SaharaReporters reported on Tuesday that Nigerian senators had launched an impeachment plot against President Buhari in retaliation for the forgery case against Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.