A Pan Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere and African Democratic Congress (ADC) has joined others in condemning the action of the police as it says the office of the Senate president should be respected as its counterpart says it remains ridiculous, not just to the government but also to Nigerians as whole in their reaction to the development leading to the Senate presidents invitation by the Nigeria police.
It also urges Nigerians to vote the APC and Buhari out of power in 2019 before they destroy the country’s democracy.
The Chairman of African Democratic Congress, Chief Ralph Nwosu, in an interview with newsmen, said it was “now clear to the world that there is a plan to rubbish the legislative institution, which has refused to bow to the excesses of the presidency and the power that be in the ruling party.”
His word: “This government is doing all it can to militarize our democracy. I am not surprised at the invitation to Saraki. Something must be done to pull him down by force before 2019. The government has tried to implicate him through the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and also his trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) but failed. This is the latest one and we needed to be careful not to buy their dummy.”
The Spokesman for Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin, said: “In the first place, the process of inviting Saraki was wrong and ill-motivated. By virtue of the Senate President’s position, I think it was wrong of the police to have gone to the press with the invitation as if the security agency had made up its mind to implicate him. Whatever the issue, the office deserves respect.”
In another reaction, President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Yerima Shettima, said: “In politics, anything goes. But I have never seen or read in history the kind of ongoing faceoff between the presidency and the legislative arm of government where the president of the Senate, with the volume of money senators receive, could be implicated in a robbery? It is strange and unbelievable.
“Even if he is the biological father of the criminals, that does not mean he is aware of everything they do. On the other hand, if they were his political thugs, the presidency or any other politicians should come out and convince Nigerians they don’t have thugs in their political team? I am not approving the use of thugs in politics, but it is synonymous with us in Nigeria.”
Barely 24 hours after the Nigeria Police invited Senate President Bukola Saraki for questioning over the April 5 robbery at four commercial banks in Offa, Kwara State the invitation has since been converted into writing statement instead. This was contained in a series of tweet coming from Senator Bukola Saraki. “Like I have said earlier the police had to cancel the invitation but ask that I should put into writing all that I know about the offa robbery killings and that it should be done within twenty-four hours of receipt”
following developments, the Nigeria police yesterday had announced Saraki would no longer be required to make the visit and could instead send in his defence in writing. “They are no longer asking me to report at any station, but to respond in writing to the allegations within 48 hours,” he tweeted.
It was learnt the police changed their mind following the outcry by some Nigerians and pressure from the international community.
A lawmaker disclosed that dozens of senators had already begun readying themselves to accompany Saraki to the police station, shutting down the chamber for as long as the matter lasted.