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PDP Reps Head To Court Over Buhari’s Refusal To Appear Before Senate

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Zainab Sanni

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP caucus in the House of Representatives on Thursday said it is heading for the courts to challenge the position of the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami that the national assembly lacks powers to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to brief it on security matters.

Leader of the Cacus, Hon. Kingsley Chinda stated this at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday.

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Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, had earlier said the National Assembly lacks the constitutional powers to summon President Muhammadu Buhari over worsening security situation in the country after the House of Representatives had, in the wake of the killing of 43 rice farmers at Zabarmari, Borno State, by Boko Haram, summoned the President to appear before a joint session of the National  Assembly to give explanations on the security situation in the country. The presidency failed to honour the invitation after it had been communicated to the House and the public that the president would appear before the lawmakers Thursday, December 10, 2020.

Chinda said: “The Attorney-General clearly implies the president who was elected under the provisions of the constitution which he swore to uphold is above the law. The caucus shall seek for judicial interpretation of same.

“We reinstate our call on Nigerians across all tribe, religion and Political party to awaken their representatives and Senators to the realities of the moment and rescue Nigeria from this “road to perdition” by evoking their constitutional powers under section 143 of the constitution and commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari for gross incompetence and breach of section 4 (2)(b) of the constitution

“Call on members of the Executive Council to resolve under section 144 of the constitution that the President is incapable of discharging the functions of the office”.

The PDP also reiterated its call on Nigerians to push for the impeachment of the president, saying he has largely demonstrated lack of capacity to govern Nigeria.

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