The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the arrest and trial of the leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, over the association’s comment on plot to forcefully remove the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki.
Recall that the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association on Tuesday warned Saraki to resign his position immediately or be forced to do so.
The Punch reported that the national coordinator of the association in Benue State, Alhaji Garus Gololo, gave the warning in an interview in Makurdi.
Gololo said Saraki had created numerous problems for the administration of President Muhammad Buhari, which he said had affected the economic and social growth of the nation.
“It is on this note that we are saying that Saraki ought not to be in office again as Senate President, more so, Saraki has failed to coordinate and organise the National Assembly to offer quality legislation that Nigerians need.
“Nigerians are in dire need of people that have the interest of the masses. Miyetti Allah is looking for a leader that would preside over the affairs of the Senate with ultimate respect for the executive and the judiciary, not someone like Senator Saraki that would always scheme to outdo the Presidency.
“We are now tired of Saraki’s style of leadership at the National Assembly. Therefore, we are now warning him to honourably resign his position as president of the Senate or we will force him out”, Gololo said, refusing, however, to explain how the association would remove the Senate president.
Meanwhile, the PDP in a Statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday in Abuja, said such “unguarded statement” echoed the threats by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency, to force out Saraki from office, describing it as ominous and revealing.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Ologbondiyan alleged that it had also been the same group that was being used to stoke division and create violent crisis that had resulted into daily blood lettings in various parts of the country.
He wondered how the association had now become the fourth arm of government that could determine when and how to forcefully remove the number three citizen, the President of the Senate.
He said it was in the light of these treasonable and inciting utterances by Miyetti Allah that PDP demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari should within the next 24 hours, order the arrest and commence immediate trial of the leadership of the group.
“Finally, the PDP is aware that Miyetti Allah does not represent the views and interests of the vast majority of cattle breeders or even any ethnic group in the country.
“We therefore urge all good spirited Nigerians to rise in condemnation of the actions and utterances of these misguided elements, who are being used to attempt a constitutional breach that portends grave danger to national cohesion and our hard earned democracy.”