The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has vowed to stop the return of Senator Oluremi Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Senate in 2015 and cautioned her against what it called “unparliamentary, unpatriotic and inexperienced manner of carrying out ordinary legislative functions and privileges”.
The PDP was reacting to reports of two interviews granted by the former Lagos first lady to some national dailies, wherein she “disparaged the Senate as nonentity and also described the hallowed Chamber as not befitting enough of her likes to return!”.
The said interviews were brought on the floor of the Senate, by Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba under Order 43 (Privileges) of the Senate Standing Orders (2011, as amended).
The PDP, in a statement by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary, Mr Taofik Gani, noted that the Senate has “asked the committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the Lagos central Senator following her statement that except the All Progressives Congress (APC) becomes the majority, she has had her fill in the senatorial seat and adding that the Senate has failed Nigerians”.
The party also noted that the Senate Majority Leader warned “Senator Tinubu to stop disgracing the State by her unparliamentary, unpatriotic and inexperienced manner of carrying out ordinary legislative functions and privileges”.
The PDP also vowed that “unless the Senator is lucky to escape reprimand by the Senate, it shall mobilise voters in Lagos Central Senatorial District to invoke section 69 of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution. The said section talks about Powers and Processes to recall a Senator or Member of the House of Representatives.
“First, we want to re-assure Senator Remi Tinubu that indeed she has had her Fill in the Senate and can never return to the Senate in 2015, at least not as a Lagos Senator.
“As a matter of urgency, her completing this present term is hanging and imbalance. Unless she is lucky to scale through the senate and be cleared by the Senate committee asked to investigate her, we shall mobilise voters from her Senatorial District to commence the process of her recall as allowed under Section 69 of our Constitution.
“Lagosians are now too embarrassed by the ignoble actions of this APC Senator who we expected would be a fast learner and graduate from being a rookie Senator to an experienced Senator.
“Indeed, we do recognise her Right of freedom of expression, however, she ought to exercise same within the Rules of the Senate. Persistently making same mistakes shows that she is either Treacherous or inexperienced, consequently Unfit to remain in the Senate”, the party said.
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