By Umar Muhammad Puma
The Parliamentary Democrats Group, (PDG) in the House of representatives have warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) members against any attempt to remove the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
Spokesperson of the Rep Timothy Golu, (PDP Plateau), said the House will reconvene as scheduled and attend to urgent and pressing national issues requiring legislative attention with Hon Yakubu Dogara presiding as the rightfully elected leader.
He reaffirmed that they will not relent in defending the authority, right and mandate of the Speaker against any threat from any quarters.
Golu also advised the APC to prepare for the gale of defection that will hit it as many of the ruling party’s lawmakers would be defecting to the PDP upon the resumption later this and put the opposition in a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives.
He said, “Our attention has been drawn to statements credited to the All Progressives Congress, APC, that the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, should vacate his seat as he is occupying a usurped position.
“We want to again state categorically clear that any attempt to instigate crisis or undermine the authority, right or position of the Speaker would meet a brick wall.”
The position of the Speaker does not belong to any political party as he was elected by members from all the political parties as provided for in the 1999 constitution.
The lawmaker cautioned security agencies not to allow themselves to be used as tools by the “failing APC” as Nigerians and the international community are watching and monitoring developments in the polity with kin interest.
“We call on our colleagues to be vigilant and prepare for any eventuality that those planning to destabilise the parliament may come up with”, he stated.