Former Minister of Police Affairs, Yakubu Lame, has advised the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, to bow to party supremacy to give peace a chance.
Lame, a Bauchi State governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last general election, gave the advice while speaking to newsmen in Bauchi Sunday.
He described the crisis in the National Assembly as a distraction that must not be allowed to continue.
He said: “This is a very unfortunate development never expected. It is being resolved in the House of Representatives and I am assure that it will be resolved in the Senate if the right thing is done.
“We came into government to provide leadership to challenges in governance. We see what is happening in the National Assembly as a distraction and we must do all we can to eradicate that distraction so that we can together as a political family provide leadership for Nigeria. We are working day and night to ensure that we achieve that.
“Don’t forget APC was formed with a lot of challenges and some of these challenges were anticipatory so their solutions will have to be critically examined. I am telling you that this is a crisis that we understand and are equal to the task of solving.
“We believe we have won an election and we believe the Nigerian people voted for us so we should be able to pursue our programmes. We should be able to implement the programme that will salvage Nigeria from the decay that we have inherited from the dangers that corruption, insensitivity has placed this country.”
On the alleged plans to impeach Saraki, Lame viewed the move as parts of the problems that APC must look at and find solution to.
“There are many ways to solve political problems. I believe certain things have gone wrong in the crisis of the National Assembly and I believe we should find a solution. If indeed Saraki went into alliance with the opposition to get the Senate President, it is wrong. You cannot go into alliance with a political party that we fought to get power from, because that will strangulate the party.
“It is becoming very clear that we need all that we can to make us work. We need to be united to pursue the mandate of the APC, that is to salvage Nigerians. We must not allow this distraction to dominate our conversation.
“I feel terribly bad. I am a party man. I am a foundation member of this government and I feel terribly disturbed that we have allowed the situation to reach the level it has reached.
“Whoever is involved must be made to understand that certain things have gone wrong and we are not going to tolerate it as a party,” Lame said.