Outrage overflowed in the two chambers of the National Assembly, yesterday, over bid to arraign the two presiding officers of the Senate for alleged forgery ofthe Senate Standing Rules 2015, with the Senate pointedly accusing President Muhmmadu Buhari of turning into a dictator.
Following a four-hour closed-door session, the Senate in a unanimous resolution, summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to appear before its Committee on Judiciary within two days, even as senators across party lines affirmed that the Rule Book, allegedly forged, remains authentic.
The Senate resolution also claimed a plot by the Presidency to remove its leadershipthrough what it described as a coup.
The indignation in the Senate over the planned arraignment of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, also spilled over to the House of Representatives, which in a similar resolution, called on the President to keep to the constitution in his decisions in order not to abort the nation’s democracy.
Similarly, the PDP caucuses in the Senate and House of Representatives, in separatemeetings, also lambasted the Presidency, with the PDP senators resolving, henceforth, to stop all manner of cooperation with the All Progressives Congress, APC-led administration.
The PDP House caucus at a press conference in the National Assembly building, vowed to resist any plot to remove the presiding officers of the Senate, describing it as an attempt to foist a dictatorship on the country.
Meanwhile, the reality of the showdown crystallized, yesterday, evening as judicial officials pasted the summons on Saraki and Ekweremadu to appear before the Federal High Court on June 27.
The summons was pasted by way of substituted service, and it became the firsttime the two men were formally being notified of their prosecution.
The Senate resolution was presided over by Senator Ekweremadu.