BREAKING: DSS Invade National Assembly, Prevent Pro-Saraki Senators Entry
… It is anti-democracy – Sen. Murray-Bruce
Reports from the National Assembly Complex in Abuja has it that, operatives of Department of State Security, DSS have invaded the assembly complex, barricading all entrances and exits point of the assembly.
But confirming the incident on a WhatsAp loop, the Spokesman to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu said, the DSS operatives arrived the National Assembly complex around 7:34am on Tuesday preventing PDP Senators, mostly the defectors to gain access to the chamber.
According to him, the DSS who were acting on the directives of ‘higher authority’ shut all entry and exit point of the assembly complex.
Olaniyonu said, “They are preventing Senators who are not in their group from coming in. They have brought in their loyal senators in a bus and all of them are massed in Ahmed Lawan’s office. The coup seems to be failing. The pro-Saraki legislators are now in the foyer. They have massed in front of the chambers. They have said no Senators will enter the chambers. There are more House of Representatives members. More Senators are coming in. The coup is failing”, he noted
But while addressing journalists at the National Assembly entrance , Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has described the move by the DSS as “anti-democracy” .
Senator Bruce stated that, “it has come to our attention that the National Assembly has been invaded by the State Security Service. It has come to our attention that our colleagues cannot go to work after we adjourned for a summer holiday.
“We have been informed that, the APC senators are attempting to change the assembly leadership. This is anti-democracy and against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This morning, I have been in touch with the America Embassy and I will also be in touch with the United Nations “.
News Flagship recalled that, the Senate President Bukola Saraki had on Monday called for a leadership meeting of the national assembly.
Meanwhile , the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Godswill Akpabio, has resigned his appointment as Minority Leader of the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
Akpabio would be officially received by vice president Yemi Osinbajo into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday 8th August.
The former governor had on Sunday met President Muhammau Buhari in London and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Monday in Lagos to perfect his defection plan.
The official declaration will hold tomorrow in Akwa Ibom State, where he would be received by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and other party top notchers.
In a resignation letter addressed to the Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, Senator Akpabio said his resignation was with effect from August 4, 2018.
Senator Akpabio thanked the Senate leadership, the minority leader, all distinguished Senators, his party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the opportunity to lead the PDP Caucus in the last three years.