The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to threats by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to arrest Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and the House clerk over an alleged alteration of the Standing House Order.
Speaking on Saturday, July 18, 2015, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said APC was after the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, because they were not their preferred candidates for the position.
He said: “Our position is that there is no scandal; there is no forgery; there is nothing. It is trumped-up, cooked-up charge just to rubbish the leadership of the Senate.
“The fact that we have the Deputy President of the Senate and the fact that the President of the Senate is not the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, they want to rubbish the leadership of the Senate.
“For us in the PDP, we believe there is a limit to lawlessness. There is no way the government, as presently constituted, can make witch-hunt as a policy, as a policy thrust. In two months we have not seen anything; we have not seen the direction of the government, its programmes and policy direction. The only thing they are reeling out is witch-hunts.”
Speaking further, Metuh said that the APC has shown that it harbours plans to divide the country, stating that the Senators should be left to handle senate affairs.
He said: “The moment the Police starts getting involved in the rules and procedures of the Senate, it means the legislature has lost its independence.”
“We understand that they want to arrest the Senate President and the Deputy Senate President. We are daring them to try it. If they want to end democracy, they should say it. We also warn them that Nigeria will continue to remain one. The PDP is insisting that Nigeria will remain one and we will do anything for the country to remain one.”