The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that there are moves by “certain agents” to bribe senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to protect President Muhammadu Buhari from imminent parliamentary sanctions for constitutional breaches.
In a statement, Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of PDP, said in a move against possible sanction on his handling of the Walter Onnoghen case, Buhari has summoned a “clandestine meeting on Monday ahead of senate resumption”.
The party alleged that the APC senators have been bribed with huge sums of money to disrupt the session when the matter is raised.
“Intelligence available to the PDP shows that this is the reason the jittery Presidency summoned all APC senators to the presidential villa to a clandestine meeting on Monday night, ahead of the senate’s resumption on Tuesday,” the statement read.
“The PDP has been informed of how the Buhari Presidency has been unsettled following national and international outcry over his constitutional breaches, particularly the assault on the judiciary in his attempt to forcefully remove the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and impose a pliable CJN to do his bidding.
“President Buhari is not only apprehensive that the senate might sanction him for violating the constitution and usurping its statutory duties regarding the handling of issues related to a CJN, the parliament might also open an inquest into how President Buhari, who parades as Mr. Integrity, allegedly procured an order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) upon which he announced the illegal suspension of the CJN.
“There are reports that the said order is suspicious and subject to investigation, being not argued or issued in the open court; following which a distressed Buhari Presidency now seeks to corrupt and undermine the Senate.
The PDP said it raised the alarm to protect Nigeria’s democracy as against being partisan.
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