National Assembly Parliamentary Support Group kicks against threat to Buhari

Abdulmumin-Jibrin

The Parliamentary Support Group of the Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday kicked against the resolution of joint executive session of both chambers in the House of Representatives, saying the discussion was dominated by Peoples Democratic Party legislators.
A statement issued on behalf of the group by Abdulmumin Jibrin, stated that the closed door session had a pre-determined agenda, where the issues of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, were discussed.
The group also added that the lawmakers should also look inward to address the issue of suffocating legislators with dissenting views, adding that lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress declined joining the discussion.
The group commended President Muhammadu Buhari for standing firm in the running of the country.
The statement reads: “That almost all the members and senators that spoke at the Executive session are of the PDP while members of the APC declined joining the discussion to avoid a rowdy confrontation as the entire session could easily pass for a PDP Executive session
“That 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.
“That most of the issues raised concerning the fight against corruption, insecurity and the rule of law has been severally discussed in the Senate and the House and various resolutions passed.
“That we commend 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.
“That we commend 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.
“That the National Assembly should as well look in ward and address the issue of suffocating Senators and members with dissenting or contrary opinion through coercion or extra legal means.
“That the PDP should recall how it members in the 7th Assembly sat comfortably in the chamber and watched a sitting Speaker, Tambuwal locked out of the National Assembly and all his security personnels withdrawn while APC members had to scale the fence to gain entrance into NASS.
“That we must exercise caution at this delicate period not to over heat 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.”