9 August 2018

Nigeria: Tinubu's Claim On Buhari Impeachment 'Empty' - - Senator

The senator representing Bauchi Central, Isah Misau, has said that senators of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) have no plans of impeaching President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said this while responding to claims made by a national leader of the All Progressives Party (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Mr Tinubu on Wednesday alleged that some members of the National Assembly were planning to impeach President Buhari. He warned the alleged plotters to drop their sinister move, saying it was not "possible for a lizard to wrestle an antelope."

He made the claim at the formal defection of ex-Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, in Uyo where he also accused members of the opposition party of only having interest in looting money.

"We say Nigerian money belongs to Nigerians. We say Nigerians must be given development. We believe in investing in the people. But they believe in sharing and looting the money.

"Today, we are aspiring in our vision, but the Peoples Democratic Party has no vision. They believe in sharing and looting the treasury," he said.

However, in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Misau who recently defected from the APC, urged Nigerians to disregard such "empty talk" by the APC chieftain.

He described Mr Tinubu's claim as "a mere partisan rhethoric aimed at catching the attention of the crowd."

"I am surprised that a politician of Tinubu's calibre will be playing politics with a serious issue like the impeachment of the president of the country just because he wanted to catch the attention of a crowd. Politicians at his level should not be engaging in unnecessary saber-rattling and empty speculation.

"We, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Senate, have no plan to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari. There is no need for that process and we are not contemplating it.

"Our focus right now is to defend democracy and its institutions, fight for enthronement of rule of law, independence of the legislature and the judiciary and ensuring good governance," he said.

The lawmaker further challenged Mr Tinubu to come forward with concrete, reliable and verifiable evidence to the contrary and prove it. He also advised Mr Tinubu not to get carried away by the crowd and make claims "that have no basis."

Mr Misau, thereafter, urged all Nigerians and members of the international community to ignore Mr Tinubu's claim.

"There is no basis for anybody to make such claim. It is a mere fabrication and a stunt pulled to please the partisan crowd to which it was uttered," he said.

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