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The PDP caucus in the House of Representatives has backed Senate’s six-week ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to address insecurity or risk impeachment.

The Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, gave the notice on Thursday, after a meeting of the National Assembly PDP Caucus at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.

The meeting was chaired by the Senate Minority Leader, Philip Aduda (PDP, FCT), with more than 20 lawmakers in attendance.

The lawmakers held a closed-door meeting, after which Mr Elumelu briefed journalists on the resolution reached.

He stated that members of the House would also present a formal impeachment notice against the president if the general insecurity in the country is not addressed.

PDP senators on Wednesday, staged a walkout during a plenary session over insecurity in the country.

The lawmakers walked out of the chamber after the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, disallowed a motion on insecurity and impeachment of Mr Buhari.

Mr Elumelu said the lower chamber would commence the collation of signatures to trigger impeachment proceedings against Mr Buhari if the security situation is not addressed at the expiration of the six-week ultimatum.

He noted that the lawmakers had exhausted all means to address insecurity in the country, through resolutions and security summits.

According to him, Mr Buhari has ignored all recommendations of the lawmakers to address insecurity in the country.

He said the impeachment move is not a partisan matter, but rather, a cross-party affair.

He stated that lawmakers in the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) are in support of the impeachment move but many are not willing to speak out.

“They have given six to eight weeks for Mr President to address the insecurity that is affecting this country,”

“I want to join my colleagues that upon expiration, we will prefer ways of ensuring we will gather all the signatures—let me make it clear, for those who are thinking it is an issue of only PDP or Minority caucus, no, many of our colleagues, under the ‘bipartisanship’—all of them are affected. All of them are affected—many of them. So, they may not be speaking but we will be speaking for them.

“We are asking Mr President to address the insecurity in this country within six to eight weeks unless we will find the constitutional means to ensure that we will serve him impeachment notice.”

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