Senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of driving Nigeria into anarchy, following the warrant of arrest on the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, for not appearing before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on Friday over alleged false declaration of assets.
They described the warrant of arrest slammed on Saraki by Justice Danladi Umar as a judicial anarchy with concomitant effect of driving Nigeria into anarchy under a ruling party that has no clear cut programme of governance for Nigerians.
The senators, while reacting to the ordeal of the number three citizen, expressed surprise that this could happen in a country that eagerly voted for change to engender rapid socio-economic development and good governance at all levels.
According to Senator Sonni Ogbuoji (PDP Ebonyi South), the current travail of the Senate president was an indication that the APC had no programme of governance for the country, but to use state apparatus to witch-hunt perceived political enemies.
He expressed concern that the CCT was treating Nigeria to a ‘new form of constitution’, whereby a deputy director instead of the attorney-general of the federation took Saraki to court.
Ogbuoji, who described Saraki’s ordeal as politically motivated, posited that those behind the saga were not fighting for the betterment of democracy, but for their selfish interest.
On whether Saraki should resign, Ogbuoji said, “Resign for what reason, what is his offence? Something that happened in 2003 and nobody talked about it, why is it coming up now?”
The lawmaker, however, gave President Muhammadu Buhari the benefit of doubt on the matter as regards his involvement, saying he does not believe that the president was the mastermind of Saraki’s ordeal, instead he blamed it on overzealous politicians acting for their selfish interest.
Also speaking, Senator Joshua Dariye (PDP, Plateau Central), warned that the unfolding scenario was not a good development, lamenting that the country would not witness meaningful transformation if the crisis continues unresolved.
He, however, suggested that the best way to handle the matter was for the warring factions to embrace dialogue and resolve their differences since the recent action against Saraki was as a result of the outcome of the leadership of the eighth Senate.
When contacted yesterday for comments on the raging issue, many serving senators across party lines, particularly those from the APC declined either by not picking their calls or not responding to text messages.
Some of those who did not respond to calls were Senators Olaka Nwogu, Sam Egwu, Shehu Sani, Emmanuel Bwacha, Biodun Olujimi, Obinna Ogba, Babajide Omoworare, Barnabas Gemade, Yele Omogunwa, Foster Ogola and Dino Melaye.


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