Aminu Tambuwal, the Sokoto State Governor, has said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would do everything possible to resist any illegal attempt to remove Senate President Bukola Saraki from office.
Tambuwal. who recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to the PDP, stated this at the special National Executive Committee meeting of the PDP, which was held to welcome defectors to the PDP in Abuja on Thursday.
Present at the meeting were Saraki; Samuel Ortom, Benue State Governor; Barnabas Gemade, a former National Chairman of the PDP; Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano State and a serving Senator; Senator Dino Melaye and Ahmed Ibeto, a former Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa, .
Tambuwal said it was unfortunate that the Federal Government had resorted to framing up anyone with a contrary political view.
He warned the Federal Government to stop framing up members of the opposition, adding that Nigeria is not a banana republic.
“This (frame up) especially on the simple account of disagreement on political leanings is simply unacceptable," Tambuwal said. "And we cannot allow our country to drift further. It is not about anybody, it is not about any interest, this is about the country.
“We must retrieve our nation; we must reposition this country and restructure it for the benefit of Nigerians.
“When they talk about cross-carpeting (defection), I began to wonder. When we cross-carpeted (defected) the other time, did they complain?”
He also commented about alleged plans by some senators to break into the chambers of the Senate to steal the mace and install a pseudo Senate President.
“It is not a gestapo, we are in a democracy and the constitution of this country is very clear that members of the Senate and the House of Representatives can choose from among themselves their own president of the Senate and Speaker.
“It is a conference of members of the two chambers and if the members have confidence in the Senate President, they are free to retain him and so be it with Speaker Yakubu Dogara. We will resist any attempt to illegally remove Senator Saraki.
“Nobody should be afraid and we must respect due process and the rule of law if we are in a democracy.
“Nigeria is not a banana republic and we will not take that from anybody.
“If you try it (to remove Saraki), we will march out our own forces in the country and jam you; we cannot afford to allow anybody, no matter how highly placed, to toy with the fate of more than 200 million Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, Saraki, was at the NEC meeting, appointed the National Leader of the PDP.
The appointment comes days after he defected to the PDP, thereby becoming the highest political office holder in the party.
He replaces Ike Ekweremadu, his Deputy at the Senate, who held the position being the highest political leader of the party.