The All Progressives Congress Caucus in the House of Representatives has said it will take a decision on the defection of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, when the National Assembly resumes which could likely leads to his removal as the speaker of the house.
The acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekin Nabena, had in an interview with PUNCH on Friday, said that the party would insist on the resignation of the speaker like it was doing for Saraki or both of them would be impeached.
However, in a counter move, PDP lawmakers insisted that Dogara would not resign as Speaker or be impeached contrary to the threat by the APC.
According to them, the APC will become the minority party by the time the National Assembly resumes from its annual recess.
Speaking with SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, Mr. Sunday Karimi, dismissed the threats by the APC and its members in the House.
Karimi said, “In the first place, the process of removing the Speaker is stated clearly in the constitution and in our standing rules. Before you can remove the Speaker, you need two-thirds (of members) but APC doesn’t have the two-thirds now.
They should keep their mouths shut. They should realise that the Speaker was elected mainly by the PDP (caucus) and the Speaker still enjoys the support of the members of the House.
“Even today, I doubt if they still have the majority in the House. By the time we come back from recess, there are so many of them (APC members) who are now disgruntled. I am sure that the APC will lose a lot of members to the PDP”
Another member of the House, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that the APC did not have the required two-thirds of the lawmakers needed to impeach Dogara.
The lawmaker said, “The APC members are not the majority in the House. Even if they constitute the majority, the difference between us cannot be more than six. Is that enough to remove the Speaker? They need two-thirds to remove the Speaker.
“More than half of the APC members in the House are still loyal to Dogara. The Speaker will not be removed on the pages of newspapers, he will be removed on the floor and I am telling you that the Speaker still enjoys (the loyalty of) the majority of the members of the House in both APC and PDP.”