Abuja — DISTURBED by the alleged invasion of the Senate chambers by some Senators to plot impeachment of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Members of the PDP Caucus of the House of Representatives on Wednesday vowed to protect democracy in Nigeria as they hold vigil at the National Assembly Complex.
Briefing journalists at the Complex, Deputy Leader of the House, Rep Chukwuka Oyema said" we heard this afternoon that some lawmakers led by Senator Ali Ndume and Adamu Abdullahi wanted to forcefully gain entry into the chamber to plot impeachment of the Senate President.
"We can't allow them to truncate this democracy so we are holding a vigil here till tomorrow because we hear they are in active concert with the police.
"We want to inform Nigerians that this is not a military junta so we have secured all the locks of both chambers and we shall remain here.
Rep. Onyema said that the caucus has information that three senators, Abdullahi Adamu, Ovie Omo-Agege and Ali Ndume were planning to forcefully invade the senate chamber while the senate is on recess to carry out their nefarious action.
"The aim of their invasion the senate while senators are on recess is to come and sit illegally when everybody is out on recess is to impeach the senate president.
"We also have it on good authority that they are planning to come back this night and tomorrow morning aided by security forces; our own security forces whose job is to protect the lives of Nigerians.
"They are the ones leading these dissident senators to come and truncate our democracy. We might think they want to take over the senate; that's not what they want to do.
"They want to truncate this democracy of ours. But we the PDP caucus have decided to stay here to keep vigil and wait to see what's going to happen tonight and tomorrow night," the deputy minority leader stated.
He charged Nigerians to stay awake with the caucus because "this is not a rape on the National Assembly, it's a rape on democracy which concerns all of us.
"If we allow this to happen, then we can as well go back to when we use to have a military junta. We also have some information that some policemen have arrived. We want to find out what they are doing here".