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Senate in rowdy session as PDP senators move to impeach Buhari over insecurity

…Opposition senators give president Buhari six weeks ultimatum on security

…Threaten to launch impeachment move against the president

An attempt by opposition senators to launch impeachment motion against President Mohammadu Buhari over the state of insecurity in the country was thwarted by the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday.

Subsequently, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) walked out of the red chamber to protest the blockage of their motion.

The Minority Leader, Philip Aduda had wanted to lead the motion on the impeachment of the Buhari but Lawan refused to entertain the motion.

Lawan said Aduda did not speak to him about the motion as required by their rules.

According to the senate’s standing rules, motions of emergency are meant to be presented to the leadership of the senate on or before the commencement of a session.

Aduda and some other senators of the Peoples Democratic Party then walked out of the plenary.

It was learnt that some lawmakers that were displeased with the worsening security situation in the country had threatened to impeach the President.

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It was learnt that at the commencement of the plenary on Tuesday, the lawmakers questioned the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on why the issue of insecurity was not in the Order Paper.

Meanwhile, Senators of the PDP have given President Buhari a six-week ultimatum to address insecurity or face impeachment proceedings.

The minority leader of the senate, spoke with reporters after the opposition lawmakers walked out of the red chamber during plenary

“We agreed at the closed session that we should discuss the issue of insecurity in the country but the president of the senate frustrated our efforts to discuss it at plenary,” he said.

“We noted at the closed session as the minority caucus in the Senate, that the many resolutions passed on insecurity should be implemented.

“At the closed session we agreed that we must give the president an ultimatum, that if he failed to comply with our resolutions on how to tackle insecurity within six weeks, we would move impeachment proceedings against him.

“We expected the senate president to brief the public on what we discussed at the closed session but he did not.

“He also ruled out our point of order to discuss it.”

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