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Defections: Reps Warn Against Harassment



Some Members of the House of Representatives under the auspices of Parliamentary Democrats Group (PDG) have decried an alleged plot by pro Buhari Senators, financed by the acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, to destabilise the National Assembly and intimidate lawmakers who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmakers said the plot is in apparent reaction to recent defections by lawmakers from the ruling APC to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In a statement issued yesterday, the group advised Vice President Osinbajo not to allow himself be used as a tool to desecrate the institution of the National Assembly or  perpetuate any illegality under his watch as acting President.

The parliamentary group alleged that leaders of the APC, under the factional chairman, Adams Oshiomole, is determined to clamp down on the National Assembly in an extreme desperation to stifle members of the opposition.

It said, “We are keeping vigil and ready to face them. We also warn APC factional chairman, Adams Oshiomole, who seems to have reaped enough from democracy, yet is ready to destroy it.

“We have it on good authority that the Vice President is set to dole out money from government coffers to sway members of the 2 chambers against their leadership but this plan has already failed.

“We will resist it and ensure that the integrity, sanctity and independence of the National Assembly is upheld and members are allowed to freely associate with political parties that will enable them deliver the dividend of democracy to their constituents.

“The acting President is hereby advised to maintain the integrity that goes with his position as the acting President and rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria and disassociate himself from these group of desperate politicians.”