The Nigerian Government Tuesday denied being behind the plan to oust the Benue state governor by a group of lawmakers led by an already impeached speaker.
The lawmakers seized the state assembly Monday morning, with armed police condoning off the premises to serve an impeachment notice on the governor, Samuel Ortom.
The senate president, Bukola Saraki and speaker, Yakubu Dogara described the incident as "desecration" of democracy.
The presidency insisted it was not involved in the crisis.
“President Buhari will never be part of any unconstitutional act, and any attempt to link him with the inglorious past, when minority number of lawmakers impeached governors, will not stick”, said media adviser Femi Adesina.
The eight members lawmakers of the ruling All Progressives Congress, a party Ortom dumped for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) taking along with 22 members from the 30-man assembly.
Terkimbi Ikyange, who leads the eight that wanted to impeach Ortom was sacked by a majority of the lawmakers afterwards.