Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congres, APC, has insisted that the party senators must impeach Bukola Saraki as the Senate President because he is leading the upper chamber from a minority party and not the majority.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Oshiomhole lambasted Saraki for lacking honour, saying that he should have borrowed a leaf from Senator Godswill Akpabio, who resigned his position as Senate Minority Leader before defecting to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The APC National Chairman said the Senate President will be removed from office in accordance with the constitution of the country unless he does the “honourable thing.”
He said, “He will definitely be impeached according to law and democratic norms. The only way Saraki can avoid impeachment is for him to do what is honourable.
“This again, led to the issue of character we saw in Sen. Godswill Akpabio who was the PDP leader in the Senate.
“Once he made up his mind to leave the PDP, even before announcing his defection, he wrote to his party as a man of honour, informing them of his resignation.
“Sen. Saraki has demonstrated neither character nor being a man of honour; once he made up his mind to leave the APC, the honourable thing for him to do is to resign.”
Oshiomhole also continued along the line of the terse criticism initiated by Yekini Nabena, the APC Acting National Publicity Secretary, by accusing Saraki of never acting in national interest.
“The President of the Senate raised the issue that he had always acted not on the bases of his own personal interest, but on national interest.
“The truth is that it is doubtful if he has ever acted either on national interest or in the interest of his own political party before his recent defection”, he said.
The former Edo State Governor said it was startling that Saraki connived with members of the PDP to assume the Senate leadership against the wishes of the party.
He also accused the Senate President of deliberately hindering the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari by deliberately delaying the budget and appointing opposition lawmakers as heads of “juicy” committees that are critical to the implementation of projects across the federation.
Oshiomhole said, “The Senate under Saraki chose this period to delay the budget up to the first half of the year.
“This is to coincide with the period of rainy session to make the completion of those aspect of infrastructure, such as road, difficult.
“This was designed to frustrate the capacity of President Muhammadu Buhari to address critical infrastructural deficit.”
Noting that the APC still had 53 Senators as against PDP’s 48, thereby establishing the party as the majority in the red chamber, Oshiomhole warned Saraki that “his time is up” and should expect impending defeats at both the Senate and his home state of Kwara.
He said, “I think Saraki’s time is over; the way he has manipulated the politics of Kwara, he failed to understand that Nigeria’s national project is far more complicated.
“He will not only be impeached, we will have him defeated as a senator in his own senatorial zone by the people of Kwara who are fed up with Saraki.’’