Jubilation as Saraki storms National Assembly after DSS siege

Jubilation as Saraki storms National Assembly after DSS siege

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was welcomed with great jubilation by his colleagues, political allies and his fans from the public as he made his way into the National Assembly on Tuesday August 7, shortly after the Department of State Service (DSS) had shut down the complex.

DSS, whose boss, Lawal Daura, was later sacked that day by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had blocked all lawmakers of both upper and lower chambers from going into the complex, including their aides and staff of the National Assembly.

After being locked out for over an hour, lawmakers, who are mainly from the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) finally found their way into the chambers.

Operatives of the state secret police only said their action was an ‘order from above,’ when approached by the lawmakers from both upper and lower legislative chambers on why the complex was invaded by them.

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All gates to the National Assembly Complex were blocked by the DSS operatives.

Nigerian executive and legislative have been locked in battle of who leads the National Assembly from inception of administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose party the All Progressives Congress (APC) rules the nation.

Saraki, who dumped the PDP in 2014 to join the APC, and cunningly rallied the PDP lawmakers to support his bid to lead the Senate against the wish of his party.

He succeeded. And, things have since then fallen apart between the two arms of government.

Matters became worse recently when the Senate President, who has defeated the executive in rounds of legal battle over false declaration of assets charges, supported the defection of over a dozen lawmakers from the APC to PDP.

He too soon decamped. The APC is asking that he resign his position as the Senate President. But, he would not, and the APC lacks the 2/3 quorum required by the constitution to remove him.

With the deployment of DSS, the APC might be resorting to use of intimidation and force to effect its decision.

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