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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Plans to remove Tambuwal uncovered; We are aware – House leadership

House of Representatives Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, has been under the preying eyes of the presidency over his alleged sympathy to the G-7 governors and the Kawu Baraje faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Sources say his closeness to the group is a major reason why the Bamanga Tukur-led PDP National Working Committee(NWC) yesterday called off its proposed meeting with the Speaker and the PDP caucus in the House.
The presidency is miffed by the romance between the Speaker and the Kawu Baraje faction, a development which may result into the reduction of PDP to a minority party in the House.
Following a purported move by the lower house to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan if he does not drop his 2015 re-election bid, loyalists of the president has also decided to move against Tambuwal and other anti-Jonathan principal officers.
DailyPost gathered that while some of the strategists met at the Presidential Villa, others convened at Apo Legislative Quarters and at Bolingo Hotel, Abuja on Tuesday.
The meeting was across party lines, as it was attended by some PDP, APGA, Labour and a few elements in APC.
Reacting, Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Chief Victor Ogene, confirmed the plot.
“What I do know is that members have been meeting in various caucuses, including state and party caucuses. As parliamentarians, we will not stop our members from attending meetings, he said.
“The unity of the House of Representatives is sacrosanct, but any member who goes ahead to attend a meeting that is injurious to our unity will only put himself or herself up for sanctions.
“We have been hearing rumours of attempt by different interest groups to sway members one way or the other, but I wish to say that the leadership of the House is up to the task of keeping the House as one whole unit.
“We know that some members have been called to meetings in the Presidential Villa or outside the Villa, but where the inducement is coming from, we do not want to speculate.
He added that “The Speaker and his team are not shaken in any way; they are not threatened.
“You could see this from the rousing welcome given to the Speaker on the floor of the House today.”


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