Senator Magnus Abe, a member representating Rivers South East in the National Assembly, has told the People’s Democratic Party it cannot remove the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, from his seat as a speaker.
Magnus, who is the chairman of the Petroleum Downstream Committee, explained that it would be a difficult task for PDP to remove Tambuwal from his seat due to his recent party defection.
The senator stated that the PDP could only impeach Tambuwal as the Speaker of the House of Representatives with 240 votes, adding that such number of lawmakers would be moblilized for the purpose of removing the Tambuwal.
Abe made this known on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the inauguration of the sensitization campaign for the collection of permanent voters’ cards and continuous registration which will commence on Friday, November 7, 2014 to Monday, November 10, 2014 in Bera, Gokana Local Government Area.
Speaking at the inauguration event, Abe said,“The PDP is working very hard to remove the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, through the backdoor. But let me tell you today that nobody can remove him.
“The only way they can remove him is if they can garner 240 votes on the floor of the House. The PDP cannot get that number of representatives in the House to remove him.
“As you are aware, the Speaker of the House of Representatives has left the PDP to join our party, the All Progressives Congress, for the same reasons that made us to leave the PDP for the APC.
“People are leaving because there is no justice, integrity and honesty in what they are doing in the PDP. People are leaving the PDP because they do not abide by the rules that we all have agreed to govern our actions,” Abe said.
The lawmaker noted that the PDP had tried to turn the National Assembly to Rivers State House of Assembly after failing to achieve the removal of Tambuwal from his current position.
“So, because they cannot get that through the law, they have tried to turn the National Assembly into the Rivers State House of Assembly. They want to introduce confusion into this country. Nigerians must get up and reject this kind of behaviour. And we must say so without missing words,” he stated.