The Senate Minority Leader in Nigeria’s National Assembly, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, at the emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, revealed how he refused to speak on the floor of the Senate when the issue of insecurity came up for deliberation. Abaribe stated that he deliberately allowed APC senators to speak on the insecurity crisis in the country. He said that the APC senators spoke with tears, but with utmost restraint would have called for impeachment.
The Senate Minority Leader explained that he restrained himself from speaking on the insecurity crisis to avoid being misunderstood or misrepresented in the presidency that it is the opposition.
“I deliberately refused to speak when the matter came up. I allowed APC members to speak. If I spoke the spin doctors in the president would say it is the opposition that is championing the course.
“The APC members spoke with tears and were almost at the point of calling for impeachment,” Abaribe had declared at the PDP NEC meeting past week.
It will be recalled that the insecurity debate culminated in the harassment of Senator Smart Adeyemi by Senator Remi Tinubu who berated Adeyemi for speaking as if he is in the PDP, though, still a member of the APC. The harassment made Senator Tinubu incur the wrath of Nigerians.
However, the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, had urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declared state of emergency on national security. The PDP chairman encouraged the president to eliminate partisan politics, get all stakeholders involved in finding solutions to the perennial insecurity in the country.