Senator Adamu kicks as suspension looms over plot to remove Saraki

Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West) who was accused on the floor of the senate of allegedly plotting to spearhead the impeachment of Senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, may be suspended for the rest of the days for the 8th senate.

Adamu, a former Nasaraswa State governor, was also recently removed as the chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum.

He was indicted of leading some senators to plot to destabilize and cause disaffections amongst the senators ostensibly to remove Saraki as senate president.

Consequently, the senate directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the allegation of insurrection plot against leadership of the senate and plot to destabilize the upper legislative chamber as a whole by the group of senators allegedly led by Senator Adamu.

The Committee was given two weeks to report back to the senate plenary for future legislative action.

The senate resolution followed the alarm raised by Senator Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi Central) through order 43 of the Senate standing rules.

He said documentary evidence on the alleged plot was already in his possession for the Senate to nip it in the bud .

“I rise this morning to bring to the notice of the Senate that there is a plan by some people in this Senate under the leadership of Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

“In January, Senator Isah Hamman Misau (Bauchi Central), made a comment here that there was a plan to remove the Senate President and the entire leadership.

“Now, I have a reliable information that some people are already planning to distabilise the Senate, including the leadership by organising demonstrations.

“I believe that all of us are leaders and none of us should do anything that will distabilise the country or the Senate. Anything that will distabilise our democracy, we should avoid it.

“If there is any issue going on, you have an opportunity to raise it here. But not to go outside and start planning with civil organisations, market women and others to lead protests against the leadership of the Senate.

“I want this matter to be investigated. I have evidence to show what I am saying. There is a telephone discussion going on between Senator Abdullahi Adamu and other people.

“This is a very serious issue. When this issue was raised in January, we did not take it seriously. We must have to stand up and look into it. Waving it aside is not the best thing. If I have your permission, I want to lay the evidence in full”, Ogba had said.

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the session obliged him to lay the alleged documentary evidence and mandated the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition to carry out thorough investigation on the allegation and report back within two weeks.

According to him, anybody plotting to destabilise the Senate, is an enemy of democracy and not out to do any body any good.

“The difference between military, autocratic or any oppressive regime and democracy is the parliament. Once you remove the parliament, you are going to have problems. In whatever you do, we must continue to preserve the sanctity of the parliament. I want to appeal that anybody who is interested in distabilising this country is not doing anybody any good.

“We have received this information. For whatever it is worth, we will refer it to our appropriate committee on Public Petitions to look at it and report back within two weeks”, he said .

If found guilty by the committee, Abdullahi Adamu may be suspended from the senate for a specified time as experienced by Senator Ali Ndume last year after facing the committee for amplifying on the floor of the Senate negative reports published on online medium against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye.

Meanwhile, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has dismissed the allegation of leading some senators to destabilize the senate with the sole purpose to overthrow Saraki as senate president.

In a telephone discussion with senate correspondents on Thursday, Senator Adamu said he has the opportunity to contest for the seat of the senate president three years ago, which he didn’t do due to lack of interest.

He said nothing could have made him nursing the ambition now that the 8th senate was in its twilight.

Senator Adamu said he was not afraid to appear before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition, because the so-called evidence against him were mere tissues of lies which would not be proved.

According to Senator Adamu, ‘’I’m not in town. I lost someone and I’m presently in Nasarawa State. However, a colleague called me and drew my attention to what happened on the floor of the senate today. It is amusing but very sadden at the same time.

‘’I am not in anyway after Saraki. Saraki is like a son to me. I have every right to contest for the Senate President seat three years ago when the 8th Senate was inaugurated, but I never did because I wasn’t interested. It is therefore, not logical for anyone to say I’m interested in the seat now, and will be planning to destabilise the Senate. To achieve what? For what purpose? It is not right for anyone to make such unfounded insinuations.

‘’We are almost three years in office, election year is drawing nearer, and I think any one thinking of upstaging the leadership of the Senate for any reason will only be fighting a lost battle because it is not what should naturally occupy the mind of any serious minded lawmaker now.

‘’I am not in anyway afraid of anyone who thinks I’ve offended him, I have the neck to carry my cross, but no one should cook up lies just to discredit me or any senator for that matter.

“If I’m asked to appear before the committee on Ethics and Privileges, I will come out clean because whoever raises the allegations will have to come out and present incontrovertible facts to prove the allegations. Then, names of other so called collaborators will be made known, they will be confronted, evidence of such meeting will be produced, those accused will be asked to defend themselves, and recommendations will be made by the committee based on facts presented to it.

‘’As for me, let me repeat that I’m not in anyway after Saraki, I can’t be after Saraki, and I won’t do anything to upstage the leadership as being claimed because it’s a fruitless venture.

‘’But if I believe strongly in cause, I stand by it. If I’ve offended anyone by my strong stand on some issues in the Senate in accordance with my conviction, I stand by it anytime. But the issue of trying to cause disaffection in the senate is a no issues at all.

‘’Whatever we do in this world, we must be ready to bear our cross, I’m ready to bear mine. Anyone who know me will say clearly that I’m not plotting to remove Saraki. Let them look for another thing to say’’, Senator Adamu stated.

It would be recalled that Senator Adamu was the leader of the nine other senators who stormed out of the senate session on the 14th of last month in protest against reordered sequence of the 2019 elections adopted by the senate over the passed 2010 Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill.



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