Some pro-Bukola Saraki senators on Wednesday faulted call to expel the President of the Senate, from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The senators described as laughable the call by Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina State) to expel Saraki from the APC.
The lawmakers noted that the call was borne out of frustration of the group of Senators who allegedly plotted a failed impeachment coup on Tuesday against Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
Speaking on behalf of pro-Saraki group, the Chairman Senate committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Rafiu Ibrahim, said that politicians should be careful of issues that could destroy the nation’s democracy, cautioning them to abide by the rule of democracy.
Senator Abu Ibrahim, Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, had earlier asked Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to resign from the ruling APC in their own interests.
Sen. Ibrahim, who is also chairman of Buhari Support Group, warned that failure of the duo to leave the party would lead to their immediate expulsion.
The lawmaker pointed out that developments in and around the National Assembly have clearly shown that Saraki and Dogara could no longer be trusted in the fold of the APC.
Speaking specifically about the defection of 13 senators and 37 House of Representative members from the APC, Ibrahim said that the defections were not only expected but did not come to him as a shock.
On the speculation that some APC senators were quartered in a high profile hotel in Abuja on the night preceding Tuesdays Senate plenary to plot change of leadership in the Senate, Ibrahim said he was not quartered anywhere.
“Saraki and Dogara should resign today or the APC should send them away. They are no longer APC members.
“The only reason why Saraki and Dogara have not left the APC is that they know that if they leave they will lose their seats. But we will force them to leave.
“Left to me, I will recommend to APC to expel them. They are no longer needed in the party. We will be cured of cancer if they leave.”
“Me as Abu Ibrahim, I am asking Saraki and Dogara to leave APC today. I will meet Oshiomhole (Adams) to expel them. Let them leave APC, Saraki and Dogara should leave APC today.
“My position is that Saraki and Dogara should leave the APC. We can no longer trust or discuss APC issues with them again. We cannot afford to continue to habour moles in our midst. Let people be courageous enough and be honest to themselves. We will not miss them.”
He, however, said that their leaving will not affect the electoral chances of APC, adding that if Saraki leaves APC, the party may lose Kwara State and no more.