By Festus Ahon, ASABA
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, said he was not losing sleep over the plot to impeach him by some senators and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Saraki, who spoke to newsmen in Asaba, the Delta State capital, after a closed door meeting with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, debunked claims that the Senate was yet to reconvene due to fear of his impeachment, adding that those who had gone to the roof top to announce the plot to impeach him, should have dissipated such energy on democratic ideals that would better the lots of Nigerians.
He said; “I am not losing any sleep about impeachment; we have a country that a lot of Nigerians believe there must be rule of law; those who are talking about impeachment are engaging in cheap blackmail and I am not concerned about that”.
The Senate President said the mass defection to the PDP was because the APC has denied Nigerians of true democracy in the past three years, adding that nothing would derail the present Senate from upholding the tenets of good governance.
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta
He insisted that no amount of political intimidation and security harassment would prevent the
business of law-making that would impact positively on the country, saying that “our ideas and visions on what we expect in a democratic setting were not met in APC, hence we left.
“It is not about myself, but about democracy and Nigeria. I can assure you that very soon, every process will fizzle out as it should be. I don’t lose sleep because we have a country that believes in democracy and the way we should work. We have a constitution that guides what we do. So, I am not concerned about the impeachment plot”.
Continuing, he said “I spent four years with a very capable and competent colleague (Governor Okowa) in the Senate; we worked very closely together and I have come to spend some time with him and to hear his views now that I have rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“Governor Okowa is a very important party member, he is someone I truly respect and I have come to listen to him, hear his views and to consult with him”.
While expressing joy over the level of development witnessed in the State in the past three years, he said “there is lot of economic growth for the past three years in Delta State, a lot of opportunities have been created for Deltans; there is a lot of development in the state and this is what we want to see in most of our states.”
Shedding more light on why he left the APC, Saraki said: “I have made a four page statement on why I left the All Progressives Congress (APC) and I made it very clear that the ideas and visions of what we expected, was not realised in the areas of democracy, justice, etc.
“Those that followed the political terrain of the last three years can see that the people are not happy, it is not about myself but about Nigerians and about the kind of country we want to build, the kind of democracy we want practiced and the kind of leadership we need; but, we have not been able to achieve any of this under the APC as much as we have tried”.