ILE IFE, Osun | Oye Ola Oladimeji
It was a dramatic plenary session on Tuesday morning at the upper chamber of the national assembly, as armed men of the Nigerian police force took siege of the main gate of the assembly preventing law makers from having their proceeding.
The siege which can be unconnected from the rumored mass defection of Members of the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC) to the opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), created an unusual tension that lasted for awhile.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki , who was expected to announce his defection to PDP today, in an usual manner drove himself in a rickety private car to the national assembly, after his home, including that of other top leaders of both assemblies was put on monitor by men of the Nigerian police force on whose the directives the act was carried out is yet uncertained.
During the plenary session, Dr. Saraki read out 15 names of APC senators who has made known their intentions to return to the opposition party (PDP), Sen. Dino Melaye representing Kogi west senatorial district and others includes; Sen. Tejouso Lanre, Sen. Shaaba Lafiaji, Sen. Gemade Barnabas, Sen. Shittu Ubali, Sen. Rafiu Ibrahim, Sen. Isa Misau, Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi, Sen. Monsurat Sunmunu, Sen. Danbaba Abdullahi, Sen. Nafada Usman, Sen. Suleiman Nazif, Sen. Rafiu Kwankwaso and Sen. Abdul-Azeez Murtala Nyako.
This latest development leaves PDP as the majority party with 64 law makers in the Senate while the ruling party (APC) has 45 law makers in the upper chamber.
Howeverr, Senate President Olubukola Saraki has remained mute on his decision, either to remain with the ruling party or return to the party that brought him into the Nigerian political space and this can be unconnected from the meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa last week in a discussion that aimed at addressing the defection plans.
In a similar development, the national chairman of People’s Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, has asked Nigerians to caution President Muhammadu Buhari on his use of security agencies in threatening other arms of government notably the national assembly.
Secondus made this known to the press in abuja after witnessing the siege by the security apparatus which was condemned by the national leadership of the party. In his words, the PDP leader said “The APC government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is using state security apparatus like the Nigerian Army, Department of State Services and the Nigerian police to attack the National Assembly with the aim of forcibly overthrowing its leadership and rendering the third arm of government comatose.
“The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki; his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and other distinguished senators are have been under severe assault from security agencies.
“It now a known fact that democracy have now collapsed in Nigeria and we are now under a totalitarian and fascist government with no appetite for opposition.