Attempts by senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to persuade the Nigerian Senate to summon President, Muhammadu Buhari – who is also Petroleum Minister – to account for the ongoing fuel scarcity in the country, proved abortive on Tuesday, November 24, as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) frustrated the move.
According to Vanguard, the PDP senators, who are constantly against the President’s handling of current economic situation in the country, insisted that he be made to appear before the Senate to give explanations on the cause of the fuel scarcity and how he intended to solve the issue as Minister of Petroleum.
The motion was tagged: “The current fuel scarcity all around the country and the need to urgently resolve the crisis,” sponsored by Senator Jibrin Barau, APC, Kano North and 23 other senators, which was debated upon.
The opposition senators, speaking through Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP, Abia South, accused President Buhari of mismanaging the country’s oil sector, causing untold hardship for Nigerians, barely six months after being in the saddle as president.
Senator Abaribe supported his call with a prayer for adoption, but it was in a swift rebuttal defeated, when the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, put it up for a voice vote.
During the voice vote, the APC Senators, who were more in number, defeated their PDP colleagues with overwhelming shout of “yes” against the PDP’s “nay.”
Reacting through its chairman on Media and Publicity, Aliyu Sabi, the red chamber, maintained that the fact that the President was overseeing the Petroleum ministry as a substantive minister did not make him to be easily summoned like other ministers.
However, in his place, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu would be summoned to brief the Senate on plans put in place by the Federal Government to end the fuel scarcity.