Mass defection to PDP: Buhari’s impeachment still on the table

The Nigerian political space is currently stewing with rife and intense maneuverings. Both the PDP and APC are actively involved in this.

On one side of the political divide is the Senate who seem to be currently enjoying the support of the People’s Democratic Party.

As presently constituted, the Senate is a mix of both PDP and APC members with sprinkles from lesser opposition parties as members.

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The embattled Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu revealed that quite a number of APC Senators plans defecting to PDP.

According to Ekweremadu, “Today, I believe and I am speaking the minds of my colleagues that so many members of the National Assembly from the other parties are prepared to return to the PDP.”

In a swift response, PDP’s former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, has asked PDP Senators to has tasked the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, to dissuade the PDP caucus in the National Assembly from participating in the alleged “ill-advised

According to Tony Anenih, “I am concerned that some of our distinguished Senators are contemplating a move to impeach the President.

“I feel even more disturbed that the PDP Caucus is being rumored to be actively involved in this plan to go for the jugular of the Executive.

“The rumored role of the PDP Caucus is, indeed, the main reason I have chosen to write this letter to you [to PDP chairman].

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“I wish to appeal to you to use your noble office as the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of our great party to dissuade our party from embarking on or participating in this ill-advised adventure.

“I am persuaded, Sir, that the time is neither right nor the reasons compelling enough to contemplate the impeachment of the President.

“I do not doubt that the National Assembly may have its grouse against the President.

“I am sure that the options of consultation, dialogue and negotiation have not yet been exhausted.

“We should all assist in persuading our members to persevere in the pursuit of these options.

“I do not believe an attempt at impeachment, at this time, is in the best interests of the party, or the country.

“Such a move will create tension, instability and even crisis in our body-politic.

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“It will unleash all those fissiparous forces which, in the last few months, have begun to gain momentum.

“As a party in opposition, what I expect is constructive criticism of the ruling party when it goes wrong.

“It is, therefore, my wish and prayer that you, personally, lead the process of consultation with our members in the National Assembly.

It is believed the impeachment threat is used as a ploy by the Senate to cut down perceived excesses and intrusion of the executive in the affairs of the legislative chamber.