Senators elected on the platforms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party (LP) on Thursday pledged support for President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government.
The senators, who addressed a press conference in Abuja, said they are stoutly behind the policies and programmes of the Buhari administration.
The joint caucus of the APC and LP senators was reacting to the decision by their PDP colleagues to withdraw their support for the APC-led federal government over its “belligerent attitude” towards members of the opposition party.
At present, the Senate is comprised of 58 APC senators, 44 PDP senators and one LP senator. Six seats (Rivers (3), Kogi (1), Imo (1) and Anambra (1)) are vacant with the INEC yet to conduct by-elections in the aforementioned states.
Senate Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye (APC/Osun Central), in a speech, said that they were shocked at the partisan reaction of the PDP senators to the on-going investigations and recovery of public funds meant for the prosecution of the war against insurgency.
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Senator Adeyeye noted that contrary to the position of their PDP colleagues, the on-going investigation of the arms deal is not a partisan war against any party.
Flanked by 14 other APC senators and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (LP/Delta Central), the Chief Whip said: “The members of the Joint Caucus of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Labour Party Senators in the Senate are stoutly behind the policies and programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“Our support is aimed at actualizing the promised desired change that Nigerians voted for last year.
“We are shocked at the totally partisan reaction of our colleagues from the minority party, PDP, to the on-going investigations and recovery of public funds meant for the prosecution of the war against insurgency.
“Contrary to the assertion of our PDP colleagues, the investigation is not a partisan war against a particular political party.
“It is no longer a news item that there was a wanton diversion of public funds meant for fighting insurgency to fund campaigns of PDP.
“Members of the PDP were the sole and iniquitous beneficiaries of this diversion.
“Seeking to recover diverted public funds is neither dictatorial nor against the rule of law.
“In all the actions, programmes and policies of the PMB-led APC Federal Government, no PDP member has been unjustly arrested or imprisoned on mere allegations.
“On the contrary, we are daily regaled with news of millions and billions of naira of public funds traced to accounts of individuals some of whom have accepted to return such diverted public funds.
“As law abiding and patriotic citizens, we cherish the rule of law and the separation of powers among the different arms of government.
“Political interference based on partisan consideration must be eschewed.
“Members of the joint caucus of the APC and Labour Party will always give their best in support of the only President Nigeria has.
“We plead with our PDP colleagues to rise above partisan inclinations so that together, we all can bring to fruition the positive changes that our people seek and deserve”.
Sen. Adeyeye also assured that the caucus is prepared to support any member of the APC occupying any public office.