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PDP senators walk out as Lawan blocks move to impeach Buhari over insecurity

PDP senators walk out as Lawan blocks move to impeach Buhari over insecurity
July 27
14:45 2022

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators in the senate staged a walkout on Wednesday after a motion by Philip Aduda, minority leader, was dismissed.

The lawmakers trooped out of the chamber after Senate President Ahmad Lawan did not allow the federal capital territory (FCT) senator to present his motion on insecurity.

Lawan said Aduda did not speak to him about the motion as required by their rules.

According to the senate’s standing rules, motions of emergency are meant to be presented to the leadership of the senate on or before the commencement of a session.

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It is not clear to what extent the rule is adhered to.

The FCT senator made an attempt to move his motion after a two-hour closed-door session.

The minority leader said he wanted to give President Muhammadu Buhari an ultimatum to address insecurity in the country — or face impeachment proceedings.

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“[We were to] give the president an ultimatum to resolve the issues of insecurity and give an impeachment notice if the demands are not met,” he said.

But Lawan responded, saying: “You did not discuss the matter with me privately.”

“We have passed this stage (emergency motions),” the senate president added.

Consequently, opposition senators registered their protest by leaving the upper legislative chamber.

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