Abdullahi Adamu Accuses Senators Of Sabotaging APC Govt

Abdullahi Adamu Accuses Senators Of Sabotaging APC Govt
File photo: Senator Abdullahi Adamu

 

Embattled Senator Abdullahi Adamu has accused the Senate of sabotaging the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmaker who represents Nasarawa West Senatorial District made the allegation in a statement by him on Tuesday.

He is one of the lawmakers who opposed the amendment of the election sequence by members of the National Assembly, a development that has sparked mixed reactions in the country.

READ ALSO: Buhari Withholds Assent To Electoral Act Amendment

Advising his colleagues, Senator Adamu said: “I believe we need to retrace our steps and reconsider our stand as legislators on matters of public interest. Our party, APC, has the majority in both chambers of the National Assembly, yet we hold the executive prisoner of politics that are unhealthy for the polity.”

“It is such a terrible irony that we sabotage our own government by refusing to do our part in support of the executive; appointments requiring Senate approval are held up. The consequence is that the public has nicknamed the president and his administration go-slow,” he added.

The senator reminded the lawmakers that Nigerians gave them the mandate to deliver, noting that the government has no reason why it cannot acquit itself and fulfil the yearnings of the people with APC’s control of the executive and the legislative.

He, however, alleged that the lawmakers are “consumed with sabotaging the administration and stabbing one another in the back.”

“We forget that in less than a year from now, we shall be required to seek the people’s revalidation of our mandate to sit in these hallowed chambers. What shall we tell them?” Adamu asked.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had agreed to change the sequence in which elections are conducted such that the National Assembly election will come first, followed by governorship and state Houses of Assembly, and finally the presidential poll.

President Muhammadu Buhari, however, wrote to the lawmakers to inform them that he has declined his assent to the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act.

The letter read by Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday, the President noted that amendment to the sequence of the election in section 25 of the Principal Act may infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise, undertake and supervise all elections provided in section 16(a) of the constitution.

I Have Committed No Crime Against The Senate – Abdullahi Adamu

Election Sequence: Senator Adamu Alleges Sabotage In APC
Senator Abdullahi Adamu (file)

 

Senator Abdullahi Adamu on Tuesday defended his activities in the Senate, insisting that his actions are ultimately in the interest of democracy and the country.

Senator Adamu, who was one of the Senators opposed to the amendment of the election sequence by his colleagues, condemned his experience since February 14 when he and some others opposed the decision.

“Since then, there has been a consistent barrage of calumny heaped on my person and my integrity as a ranking senator of the Federal Republic,” the Senator said in a statement on Tuesday.

One of the allegations against him is that he is plotting to destabilise the Senate and cause the change of its leadership. But the Senator said there was no truth in the claim.

“Nothing can be further from the truth,” he said.
“If I was interested in contesting the Senate presidency in 2015, nothing would have stopped me from doing so. I was qualified for the office. This is another naked lie to tarnish my name.”

He warned that the campaign to tarnish his image and punish him would serve no purpose other than to reflect the abuse of power.

“The day we snuff out the right of dissent in and outside the Senate legislative chambers would mark the beginning of our loss of individual and collective rights as Nigerian citizens. May such a day never come,” he said.

Although he insists he has done no wrong, Senator Adamu is not surprised by the developments that have trailed his opposition to the change in election sequence.

He said, “I have also heard what I consider to be rumours to the effect that the Senate plans to suspend me. I hope it is a mere rumour bandied about in the current climate of mutual recrimination. However, I would not be surprised if such an extreme form of punishment is being contemplated by the Senate leadership. In the history of mankind, dissent, as a matter of principle, has always been punished rather than rewarded.”

Adamu, however, said he is unshaken in his commitment and he remains faithful to his oath as a legislator.

Read Full Statement Below:

The public is aware that I have been the subject of vilifications by both the leadership and my distinguished colleagues in the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the past three weeks or so. Various attempts have been made, and are still being made, to impugn my integrity and question my support for the leadership of the Senate and my loyalty to the Senate.

I have thus far refrained from a press war in defence of myself because I am fully aware that a press warfare resolves nothing. In all wars, including a press war, the truth suffers; the public becomes less informed and more confused about the facts and the issues at stake. I have taken some necessary steps within the confines of the Senate to defend myself and re-assure my distinguished colleagues that I remain unshaken in my commitment and faithful to my oath as a legislator on whom the constitution imposes the burden of making laws for the good governance of our dear country.

Inherent in that important constitutional duty is the promotion of peace driven by cordial and mutually beneficial relations between the executive and the legislative arms of government. In my humble view, a strained relationship between the two arms of government would result in the proverbial case of two elephants fighting and trampling the grass under their heavy feet. In this case, unless the executive and the legislature act in tandem, good governance would become unattainable. And of course, the weal and the welfare of the people would suffer grievously.

I am now forced to respond to some of the barefaced lies and the nasty allegations against me because the public has the right to know the facts. My objective is to properly educate the public on my ‘crime’ or ‘crimes.’ It is important for the public to know that I have committed no crime against the Senate and/or its leadership. I have done nothing to bring the revered upper legislative house to ridicule intentionally or inadvertently. My only crime that is considered heinous by the leadership of the Senate, is this:

On….I stood up on the floor of the Senate in a raucous plenary session to caution against the increasing show of disrespect to the person and the office of the President of the Federal Republic. I feared that this was becoming a pattern. I thought this was against the culture of the legislature and we needed to pull back in order to maintain mutual respect between the executive and the legislature. The national assembly is the second arm of this administration. We cannot undermine the executive without undermining the government of which we are a part.

I did not think this was a crime but it turned out I was wrong. To show their displeasure with my stand, my colleagues acted in a manner as to impugn my integrity. First, there was the tendentious story put out in a press statement from the Senate to the effect that I had been unceremoniously removed as chairman of the Northern Senators Forum and that Senator Wamakko had replaced me. I did not bother to respond to the concocted lies because the forum has a system of changing its leadership. Its affairs are not conducted in press statements emanating from strange and unauthorised persons.

But since then, there has been a consistent barrage of calumny heaped on my person and my integrity as a ranking senator of the Federal Republic. Part of my crime is my stand on the amendment to the electoral act. In that controversial amendment, the Senate seeks to change the order of elections decided by the electoral umpire, INEC, for the 2019 general elections. I and some of my colleagues were opposed to this amendment on the grounds that it is not the duty of the Senate to determine the order of elections. It had never been part of the electoral act and there is no need to deny the commission the right to do its duty as it deems fit. Happily, I am not alone in taking this stand. At least…..of my colleagues are opposed to it too. We addressed a press conference to that effect. Our intention was not to insult the Senate but to register our principled stand on a matter that concerns all Nigerians.

I believe we need to retrace our steps and reconsider our stand as legislators on matters of public interest. Our party, APC, has the majority in both chambers of the National Assembly, yet we hold the executive prisoner of politics that are unhealthy for the polity. It is such a terrible irony that we sabotage our own government by refusing to do our part in support of the executive. Appointments requiring Senate approval are held up. The consequence is that the public has nicknamed the president and his administration go-slow. The people gave us the mandate as a party to deliver. With our control of the executive and the national assembly, there is no reason why the government cannot acquit itself and fulfil the yearnings of the people. Perhaps, while we are consumed with sabotaging the administration and stabbing one another in the back, we forget that in less than a year from now, we shall be required to seek the people’s revalidation of our mandate to sit in these hallowed chambers. What shall we tell them?

I have heard some strange allegations to the effect that my objective is to cause a change in the Senate leadership in order to take over. Nothing can be further from the truth. If I was interested in contesting the Senate presidency in 2015, nothing would have stopped me from doing so. I was qualified for the office. This is another naked lie to tarnish my name. Let me caution that this smear campaign against me is neither in the interest of the Senate nor of the senators. The day we snuff out the right of dissent in and outside the Senate legislative chambers would mark the beginning of our loss of individual and collective rights as Nigerian citizens. May such a day never come.

I have also heard what I consider to be rumours to the effect that the Senate plans to suspend me. I hope it is a mere rumour bandied about in the current climate of mutual recrimination. However, I would not be surprised if such an extreme form of punishment is being contemplated by the Senate leadership. In the history of mankind, dissent, as a matter of principle, has always been punished rather than rewarded.

If the intention is to gag me or intimidate me, I am afraid it would not be worth the effort. Neither adversary nor adversity can force me to abandon my resolve as a matter of personal honour and principle to always speak the truth and defend the truth. It is not in my nature to see what I consider to be wrong and either keep quiet or pretend that it is not my concern. Whatever affects the interests of this administration is my concern because as a senator and as a member of the ruling party, I am but a servant of the APC brought into power on the consent of the good people of this country who expect the government to serve, protect and defend their interests. Whatever happens in the hallowed chambers of the Senate is my concern because I cannot abdicate my responsibility to the institution and in doing so, I must not and cannot abandon the path of honour and integrity that I cut for myself in my many years in the service of the people of this country as a politician.

I would caution against the decision, if indeed such a decision is on the cards, to suspend me because it would serve no purpose other than to demonstrate the exercise of power in a manner that results in its abuse. I am in the senate primarily to represent the interest of my people in the South-Western senatorial district of Nasarawa State. My voice is the voice of my people; my stand on critical national issues that agitate us is the stand of my people. To suspend me on the basis of baseless allegations that do not amount to the infraction of Senate rules, is to deny them my voice and my representation. The power to suspend a senator be exercised with a grave sense of responsibility in order to protect the integrity of the Senate as an important democratic institution and of individual senators.

Having said all that, let me make it abundantly clear that as long as I remain in the senate, I would continue to maintain my principled stand on issues. I remain unrepentant about this. That stand includes my inherent right to agree or disagree with my colleagues. After all, legislative chambers throughout the world are duly recognised as the chambers of mutual respect forged through the exercise of the sacred right to either agree to disagree or disagree to agree. It is in the nature of law-making in a democracy.

Let me assure the Senate leadership and my distinguished colleagues that whatever they decide to do to me in the days or weeks ahead would not diminish my respect for them or induce me to be disloyal to the honourable upper legislative chamber. I shall remain a loyal legislator; a loyal member of the government as a lawmaker and a loyal member of the ruling party, APC. I would always abide by my oath to defend the constitution of the Federal Republic.

Election Sequence: Senator Adamu Alleges Sabotage In APC

Election Sequence: Senator Adamu Alleges Sabotage In APC
File photo: Senator Abdullahi Adamu

 

The senator representing Nasarawa West, Abdullahi Adamu, has accused some lawmakers on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of sabotage.

Senator Adamu who made the allegation while reacting to the proposed change of election sequence in Nigeria, however, did not name the lawmakers.

READ ALSO: Senator Abdullahi Adamu Denies Mismanaging Funds

Addressing a delegation of APC members from Nasarawa State on Monday, he argued strongly that championing a course against the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 is an act of sabotage that the leadership of the party should never tolerate further.

The lawmaker was recently removed as Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum over an allegation of financial misappropriation up to the tune of N70million

He swiftly denied the allegation that he mismanaged funds belonging to the forum, stressing that the accusation was false and baseless.

Senator Adamu, however, noted that his removal as chairman of the forum was politically motivated.

He claimed that he was removed because he disagreed with the decision of the Senate to change the sequence of elections in the Electoral Act.

2019 Polls: Jega Faults National Assembly Over Election Sequence

The presidential and National Assembly elections are always conducted on the same day before other polls, while the governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections follow.

Lawmakers at the National Assembly had, however, amended the sequence such that the National Assembly polls would be conducted first, and followed by the state lawmakers and the governors while the presidential election should take place last.

The Senate was divided over the adoption of the conference committee report on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill at the Upper House on February 14.

Senator Adamu had faulted the amendment as partisan and pre-determined by members of a political party threatened by the President.

Also reacting to the amendment, the immediate past INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, challenged the power of the National Assembly to alter the sequence in which elections are conducted.

Senator Abdullahi Adamu Denies Mismanaging Funds

Senator Abdullahi Adamu

 

Senator Abdullahi Adamu has denied the allegation that he mismanaged funds belonging to the Northern Senators Forum, describing it as false and baseless.

The Northern Senators Forum had removed Senator Adamu, as the Chairman of the Forum and replaced him with Senator Aliyu Wamakko on Wednesday morning after accusing him of mismanaging N70m belonging to it.

Spokesperson of the Senate and Senator Shehu Sani who briefed journalists afterwards insisted that Senator Adamu was not being targeted because he disagreed with the decision of the Senate to change the sequence of elections in the Electoral Act.

However, in an exclusive interview with Channels Television on Wednesday night, the Senator said the allegation against him is because he rejected the decision of the Senate.

Senator Adamu is one of the nine senators who rejected the decision of the Senate to change the sequence of the general election, arguing that it was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

One of those who rejected the decision with him, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege apologised to the Senate during plenary on Wednesday.

Unlike Senator Omo-Agege, Senator Abdullahi said he would stand by his decision, vowing to resist being swayed by any decision the Senate takes regarding his position.

Northern Senators Forum Removes Abdullahi Adamu As Chairman

 

The Northern Senators Forum has removed Senator Abdullahi Adamu, as the Chairman of the Forum and replaced him with Senator Aliyu Wamakko.

During plenary on Wednesday, the Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Ike Ekweremadu read a letter on the floor announcing the removal of Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

The Senate spokesman and Senator Shehu Sani who briefed journalists explained that Senator Abdullahi Adamu was suspended because he allegedly mismanaged N70 million belonging to northern senators.

He added that the Senate is not targeting Senator Adamu because he disagreed with the Senate‘s resolution on the sequence of elections.

Senator Adamu is a former Minister for State, Ministry of Works and Housing, a member of the Executive Council and a Senator in the 7th National Assembly.

 

 

Suspected Killers of Colonel Yunusa Arraigned

colonel yunusaThe four suspected killers of the late Colonel Samaila Yunusa who was abducted and murdered on March 27 in Kaduna State, have been arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in the state capital.

The Yunusa was allegedly abducted by the suspects at the Kaduna Refinery junction, while his decomposed body was later found along the Abuja-Kaduna highway two days after he was kidnapped.

The four suspects; Emeka Okeke, Kabir Ibrahim, Chijoke Ugwuanyi and Ebele Precious were later arrested by the Police in connection with the crime.

When paraded by the Kaduna State Police Command, they all confessed to kidnapping and stealing the colonel’s car but the gang leader, Emeka Okeke, denied killing the deceased,  insisting  the colonel fired the shot that ended his life.

At the sitting, the presiding magistrate, Emmanuel Yusuf, said that the suspects were being charged for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, illegal possession of fire arms, armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death under section 6b, section 3 (1 & 2) of the robbery and fire and section 22(1) of the penal code.

Although the Magistrate said that the court lacks the  jurisdiction to try the case, he told the suspects that the purpose of bringing them before him was to remand them in prison custody pending when the Police would conclude their investigation and thereafter charge them before a competent court.

He adjourned the sitting to July 21.

Kaduna Police Parade Killers of Colonel Yunusa, Other Suspects

Police Parade, Colonel YunusaThe Kaduna State Police Command has paraded four suspects in connection with the abduction and murder of Colonel Samaila Yunusa in the state capital on March 27, 2016.

Briefing reporters at the command’s headquarters on Thursday, the Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Adamu, said that the suspects were arrested at various locations within the state by his men in conjunction with the Intelligence Response Team that was set up by the Inspector General of Police.

Two AK-47 rifles, one pump action gun, four pistols, ammunition and one Toyota SUV were recovered from them.

Explaining how the late Colonel Yunusa died in the custody of the suspects, the Police Commissioner said that their gang leader, one Emeka Okeke, abducted the victim after they had snatched his car and took him to the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, where he shot him and abandoned his corpse.

On his part, Emeka admitted his involvement in the abduction and subsequent murder of Colonel Yunusa, but stated that his intention was not to kill him, but that the Colonel mistakenly shot himself in the process of struggling with him.

He also confessed to have carried out several other operations in various parts of Kaduna State.

Another member of the gang, one Chijioke Ugwuanyi, confessed to taking part in the operation but denied taking part in the death of the victim.

He said that his duty was to take the late Colonel Yunusa’s car to Niger Republic where they usually sell stolen vehicles from Nigeria.

The Police Commissioner also announced the arrest of notorious cattle rustlers and armed robbery suspects who have been terrorizing residents of states within the North West and North Central zones, while over 500 stolen cows, cars of various kinds were also recovered from them.

The Police Commissioner promised that at the end of investigation, all the suspects would be charged to court for trial.

Army Chief Commends IG Of Police, Solomon Arase

Army, PoliceThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has expressed gratitude to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, for tracking and arresting the kidnappers and murderers of the late Colonel Samaila Inusa of the Nigerian Army.

In a statement by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the Army chief, thanked Mr Arase on behalf of the families of late Colonel Samaila Inusa, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army for smashing the deadly kidnapping and armed robbery syndicate.

“The Chief of Army Staff specifically wishes to thank the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) operatives for their dedication to duty and professionalism that led to the arrest of the criminals that abducted and killed the late senior officer in Kaduna metropolis, Kaduna State on 27th March this year.

“This unprecedented feat is a clear manifestation of the excellent cooperation existing between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police which had flourished over time in joint operations to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians,” he said.

The Chief of Army Staff also urged personnel of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police to continue working hard towards sustaining the excellent cooperation and synergy between them.

The Force Headquarters announced in a statement on Wednesday that the combined forces of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command SIB operatives had arrested four suspects in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of an Army officer, Col. Samaila Yunusa, in Kaduna on March 27, 2016.

According to the statement, “the IGP IRT deployed the Technical and Human Intelligence assets of the Force which led to the arrest of a Prison Warder named Abdullahi Adamu, who is a close associate of one of the prime suspects who was using the Tecno mobile phone stolen from the slain Colonel.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of two (2) of the prime suspects, namely: Ibrahim Kabiru ‘m’, 23, (aka uztaz) and Ebele Precious ‘m’, 41 (aka pastor), while the gang leader Emeka Okeke Cyprain ‘m’, 44, and one other member of the syndicate, Chijioke Ugwuanyi, ‘m’, 42 (aka CJ) were later arrested.

Police Smash Killer Gang That Killed Army Colonel In Kaduna

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Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase.

The Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command SIB operatives have smashed a deadly killer gang.

The combined forces have also arrested 4 suspects in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of an army officer, Col. Samaila Yunusa, in Kaduna on March 27, 2016.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, ACP Olabisi Kolawole said, “sequel to the kidnapping and killing of the officer, the IGP IRT deployed the Technical and Human Intelligence assets of the Force which led to the arrest of a Prison Warder named Abdullahi Adamu, who is a close associate of one of the prime suspects who was using the Tecno mobile phone stolen from the slain Colonel.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of two (2) of the prime suspects, namely: Ibrahim Kabiru ‘m’, 23, (aka uztaz) and Ebele Precious ‘m’, 41 (aka pastor), while the gang leader Emeka Okeke Cyprain ‘m’, 44, and one other member of the syndicate, Chijioke Ugwuanyi, ‘m’, 42 (aka CJ) were later arrested.

“Items recovered by the Police from this notorious gang, which specialised in car snatching and truck hijacking in the state and selling same to unsuspecting members of the public, include one AK 47 rifle, two magnum pistols, one Nissan Pathfinder Jeep and documents of six (6) houses located in Anambra State of which Emeka Okeke Cyprian confessed were proceeds of his previous criminal activities” the statement said.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, enjoined Nigerians to continue to support the Police with relevant information.

He also commended the combined forces for their commitment, diligence and professionalism which led to the breakthrough and subsequent recovery of the weapons and a stolen Jeep,

Meanwhile, all the four suspects arrested in connection with the crime are presently in police custody and will soon be arraigned before a competent court of law for criminal charges preferred against them while effort to arrest the fleeing members of the gang continues.

Saraki’s Leadership: APC Members Displeased With Party’s Endorsement

APC on Saraki's Senate LeadershipSome Governors and lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have expressed dissatisfaction with the party’s decision to forgive and allow the Senator Bukola Saraki-led leadership of the National Assembly to stand.

The National Chairman of the party, Mr John Oyegun, had earlier declared the party’s support for both Senator Saraki and Mr Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

In an interview with Channels Television on Saturday, one of the pro-Lawan Senators, Abdullahi Adamu, said that his faction, the Unity Forum, would take a position on the party’s endorsement of Senator Saraki’s leadership.

Senator Adamu made the declaration in Lafia, the Nasarawa State’s capital in north-central Nigeria during the wedding of Governor Tanko Al-makura’s daughter.

Also addressing reporters at the wedding ceremony, Governor Al-makura believed that, in spite of the APC lawmakers differences, the party was harmonising all interest to help it move forward with its programmes of uplifting the country, as promised in their campaigns.

Al-makura further noted that the decision demonstrated that the APC had the capacity to withstand pressure, hopeful that the party would come out stronger after a meeting of the stakeholders aimed at dousing the tension.

Lawmakers Ask Mark To Declare Defectors’ Seats Vacant At Ministerial Screening

Nigerian Lawmakers present at the screening of 12 ministerial nominees on Wednesday demanded that the Senate President, David Mark, should declare the seats of those who have defected to the All Progressives Congress vacant.

The Senate began screening 12 ministerial nominees which President Goodluck Jonathan sent to the senate for confirmation.

Among the nominees are, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Hon Mohammed Wakil, Ambassador Aminu Wali, Mr Boni Haruna, as well as General Aliu Gusau Mohammed.

However, Tuesday’s defection drama continued in the senate on Wednesday as some federal lawmakers asked the Senate President to declare the seats of the lawmakers, who openly defected on Tuesday, vacant.

On Tuesday Senator Bukola Saraki, Magnus Abe, Wilson Ake, Abdullahi Adamu and Aisha Alhasan openly informed the senate that they had defected from the PDP to the APC.

But the Senate President, David Mark, refused to act on the request of the lawmakers, saying the matter is still in court.