Days after senate President Bukola Saraki reeled out names of defectors from the governing party, the All Progressives Congress, it wasn’t clear as to whether the decisions and indeed procedures to which a senator should follow must have been followed duely in the event there is backtracking of this kind; showing records where the senator presenting ogun central latter came to journalists to say “he has actually left the APC, and that he was not a member of any party as its stand”.
This left many observers to query the integrity of the process of formalizing the steps needed to take before the announcements by the presiding officer justifying whether or not it allows for mockery of the entire process in the way all have been playing out.
This claim by Senate president Bukola Saraki that Senator Lanre Tejuoso was part of those that left the All progressive Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday returned to APC on Wednesday after meeting with president Mohammadu Buhari can be indeed worrying given the way it all went.
Tejuoso, representing Ogun Central, announced his return at a meeting between APC Senators and President Mohammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock on Wednesday night.
While introducing himself to the President, he said: “Mr. President, your son has returned home.” Also at the meeting was Senator Adesoji Akanbi, Oyo South, who Saraki also claimed had joined the PDP. He emphatically denied the list of defectors as dubious the following day, saying he remains a member of the APC.
His showing up at the meeting with President Buhari affirmed his faith in the APC. Senator Shehu Sani from Kaduna, who has been blowing hot and cold about his political allegiance, was also at the meeting, exchanging banters with his colleagues.
Those attending the meeting included Sen. Adamu Aleiro, Bala Ibn Na-Allah, Aliyu Wamako, Ibrahim Gobir, Kabiru Marafa and Abu Ibrahim. Others were Kabiru Gaya, Barau Jibrin, Abdullahi Gumel, Ahmed Lawan, Ali Ndume, Abubakar Kyari, Baba Kaka Garbai, Aliyu Abdullahi, David Umaru and Abdullahi Adamu. Sen. George Akume, Francis Alimekhina, Andrew Uchendu, Magnus Abe, Ovie Omo-Agege, John Enoh, Nelson Effiong, Andy Uba, Sunny Ugboji, Hope Uzodinma, Ben Uwajimogu, Yusuf Abubakar and Oluremi Tinub were also in attendance. Other senators in the meeting were Gbenga Ashafa, Solomon Adeola, Tayo Alasoadura, Ajayi Boroffice , Yele Omogunwa, Fatima Rasaki, Olanrewaju Tejuoso and Yahaya Abdullahi. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, believed to be hobnobbing with the PDP, was among those who were not at the meeting. With Tejuoso and Akanbi and Sani now firmly identifying with the APC, the party has now increased its majority in the Upper Chamber to 54, enough to dictate the direction of policy.
Meanwhile, the senate president, Bukola Saraki has thrown more light as to his inability to honor the invites extended to him by the police yesterday. According to him, the letter to the police on his invitation written on Tuesday was duly acknowledged. Saraki, through his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyanu, noted that all the issues and questions raised in the police invitation were answered, stressing that the letter was written and dispatched to the police on Tuesday.
Saraki He said after answering all the questions raised by the police in his letter, he did not believe there was any further need for him to go to the police personally. He also said he believed that his letter to the police was enough; hence there was no need for him to go personally to the police for the same issue. It will be recalled that Saraki had on Monday night in his response to the invitation sent to him by the Police to report to a station in Guzape over the Offa robbery investigation, described it as a plot designed by the Presidency and the Federal Government to force him and his associates to remain in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, a party he described as where its members are criminalised without just cause.
According to Saraki, the invitation by the Police is mere afterthought, which is designed to achieve political purpose and to also compel him and his associates to continue to fraternize with the APC. He said the design of the police might be in connection with his 2019 political ambition, which was not a personal decision for him to arrive at.
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had on Monday invited Saraki to appear before the Police Special Anti-Robbery Unit at Guzape to answer questions over his alleged involvement in the Offa robbery incident.