Posted by News Express | 13 July 2016 | 2,729 times
As the National Assembly resumed from its Ramadan recess, tension enveloped both chambers of the federal legislature, with some Senators threatening to commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari, according to a THISDAY report.
“The Senate held a rowdy executive session, during which senators threatened to commence impeachment proceedings against the president over his perceived endorsement of the criminal trial of Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, for alleged forgery of the Senate rules,” the paper reported this morning.
It said that tension eventually died down after the Senate retreated to meet behind closed doors, which t said was used by the lawmakers “to agree on the way forward and to resolve the differences among the senators who had been divided into two factions since the elections of the Senate President and the Deputy Senate President.”
“At the meeting, the push by most of the senators was to suspend the so-called erring members of the Senate Unity Forum who had dragged Saraki, Ekweremadu and others to court over alleged forgery of the Senate rules,” the report said.
It quoted unnamed sources as saying that the intent of a majority of the senators was to move for the suspension of their colleagues and for the upper chamber to stamp its authority as an arm of government independent of the executive.
“In this respect, the senators resolved that there was no case of the alleged forgery and warned those behind the case to withdraw it from the court,” the report said.
•Photo shows the Senate in session.
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