The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Mashi council of Katsina State has asked House of Representatives member, Mansur Mashi, to retract his comments against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mashi represents Katsina’s Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency at the National Assembly.
He was said to have made the remarks in a leaked audio circulating in the state. APC chairman in the council, Armaya’u Doka, at a media briefing, said Mashi risks recall, The Guardian reports.
Doka quoted him as saying that the only way Nigeria could progress was for Buhari “to go the way of late President Umaru Yar’Adua”.
The party leader noted, “The honourable said Buhari had to leave the scene the way the late Yar’Adau did, so that his vice, (Prof. Yemi) Osinbajo, would take over, and that such was the only way Nigeria could make progress.”
Doka added that Mashi likened the APC to a football team that had lost steam.
The legislator also allegedly warned that the ruling party may not be able to win majority votes in the next general election.
Doka expressed dismay that in the same audio, Mashi, described his constituents, as ignorant and bunch of illiterates.
The chairman wondered why the legislator would make derogatory comments about Buhari, his constituents and the party.
He said the audio, “is out there for all to listen to. By the grace of God, APC will win in the 2023 general elections and the party will only continue to grow stronger. We call on the APC to call him to order and the National Assembly to suspend him for making such comments.”
Doka warned that if the demand is not heeded, party members in Mashi’s constituency will take necessary action that is within the ambit of the law.
“And when we begin to take action, nobody should come and beg or ask us to refrain from what we are doing, as we have allowed avenue for action to be taken against him.”
Mashi, however, said he would reserve his comments.
The lawmaker pointed out that the matter was under investigation by the police.