Cracks in NASS as Buhari support group dares other lawmakers
There are perceived cracks in the National Assembly as staunch supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari have raised their voice against perceived enemies of the nation’s democracy, and their unabated attacks on the President on the floor of the House.
House Member Abdulmumin Jibrin who only yesterday was subjected to a probe by the House committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate his claim that the executive joint session conveyed by the National Assembly leadership was a plot to impeach the President, is leading the pack.
According to Jibrin, the formation of a Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) had become necessary because of the unabated attack on President Buhari on the floor of the House. Jibrin said such actions has severally embarrassed the President and portray the APC lead government in bad light.
According to him; “The Parliamentary Support Group PSG which primary objective is to support Buhari has come to stay in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly at large. The PSG in both chambers are working closely, comparing notes and integrating its programs and action plans.
“While we focus on mobilizing support for Mr President in the House, we challenge the leadership of the APC caucus in the House of Representatives to stand up and be counted in support of our party, the APC and government. We hope they will do the needful.
“We wish to categorically state that the ongoing taking of signatures of Members in the House of Representatives by the PSG is NOT for the purpose of impeaching the Speaker but to reaffirm our support for Mr President and consolidate his support base in the House.
“For the purpose of emphasis, the statements I signed after the joint Executive session is not in my personal capacity but on behalf of members of the PSG in the Senate and House of Representatives who will address a joint world press conference in due course.
“The statement by PSG is absolutely a true reflection of what transpired at the joint Executive session. We challenge any body with contrary opinion to release the full names of those that spoke at the session, those that are said to be witch hunted if at all among others.
“We will soon know the enemies of our country and democracy. Those that have become dictators playing god, suppressing, threatening and treating colleagues like slaves, using a democratic institution for selfish reasons and as instrument of blackmail,” he said
He reiterated that the PSG’s support for President Muhammadu Buhari is sacrosanct and the group will not allow people who are working against the party or have made up their mind to leave the party or are confused on what to do to destroy the party and government.