Melaye, Tinubu in near fisticuffs as Senate threatens to impeach Buhari

Melaye, Tinubu in near fisticuffs as Senate threatens to impeach Buhari
July 13 06:11 2016

The forgery case instituted by the Executive against Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and others has further widened the gulf between the two arms of government.

This is because indications emerged on Tuesday that some of the Senators have suggested the need to commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Executive session of the
Senate went rowdy as it almost became a free
for all between the Chairman, Senate Committee on the
Federal Capital Territory, Senator Dino Melaye, All
Progressives Congress, APC, Kogi West and the
Chairman, Women Affairs, Senator Oluremi Tinubu,
APC, Lagos Central.

Soon after resumption Tuesday from its two weeks
break, the Senate went into a closed door session
which lasted for one hour to discuss among others, how to
move the red chambers forward, devoid of crisis, just as
the meeting was designed to bury the hatchet among
members where those with cases against the
leadership of the Senate would withdraw for peace to
return to the upper chambers.

At the meeting, the mood of well over ninety percent of
the senators was to suspend those ‘ erring’ members in
the Senate Unity Forum, SUF who have dragged the
Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, his deputy,
Senator Ike Ekweremadu and others to court over
alleged forgery of the 2015 Senate Standing Order.

A senator who spoke with journalists said that the mood
of the Senate was for the suspension of those senators
and for the upper chambers to prove the supremacy of
the legislature as well as teach the presidency and the
executive a lesson that the National Assembly and the
Senate in particular be left to carry out its legislative
duties effectively without any interference.
According to the Senator, the Upper chambers resolved
that there was no case of forgery of the Standing
Orders and asked that those involved should withdraw
the case from the court.

The shouting match between Senators Melaye and Tinubu reportedly  ensued when the former called on the senators to go to war with the executive arm of government.

It was at this point that Senator Tinubu asked Melaye why he should call for the suspension of the senators and confront the President.

Senator Tinubu was said to have warned the Senate to guard against being reduced to a kindergarten court where senators could just issue childish threats, and called on senators to close ranks and seek reconciliation among themselves.

That was when Melaye flew into a rage. “You can’t talk to me the way you talk to other people; you must respect yourself,’’ Melaye was said to have roared.