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ICYMI: NASS crisis: PDP cries out, says move to reconvene sinister, Alleges fresh plots to arrest Saraki, Ekweremadu

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*PDP cries out, says move to reconvene sinister

*Alleges fresh plots to arrest Saraki, Ekweremadu

*As EFCC denies working for Senate President

*Says there’s no false motive to its investigative activities

As the leadership of the National Assembly concludes plans to call back its members from their annual vacation to among other things consider the N424 billion proposed budget by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for the 2019 general elections, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP said it has again uncovered a plot to arrest and detain the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

The party through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan alleged that the move is being perfected by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and the cabal in the Presidency to use compromised security agencies and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to carry out the plot.

PDP also disclosed that it has unravelled fresh facts confirming that the pressure by the Presidency for the reconvening of the Senate is out of a sinister motive and not for any emergency in the approval of the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the 2019 election.

According to the opposition party, the fresh plot to detain the two presiding officers is part of “renewed design to keep them out of circulation, ahead of Senate resumption, so as to enable the heavily induced APC senators, who are now in the minority, to throw up two of their members as Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively on the excuse that Saraki and Ekweremadu failed to show up for proceedings in the Senate.

It noted that the new plot to cage Saraki and Ekweremadu, “in devilish rehash” of the Tuesday July 24 hostage-taking and invasion of their official residences by security agencies is coming after the August 7 failed attempt to use security forces to take control of the leadership of the Senate.

“Apart from plots to arrest and detain Saraki and Ekweremadu, the PDP has also been made aware of plans to use the EFCC and security forces to clamp down on their family members, including their wives and siblings as well as close associates, all in the effort to weaken their resolve.

“Moreover, investigations by the PDP further confirms that the insistence of the APC-led Federal Government on the emergency reconvening of the National Assembly, ostensibly to consider INEC’s budget for the 2019 election, is part of APC’s thicker plot to execute their premeditated
‘coup’ on the leadership of the Senate”, it further stated.

PDP further declared that contrary to claims by the APC and the Presidency, INEC actually submitted the budget to the presidency since February 2018, only for the Presidency to submit it to the National Assembly in July when the legislature was already going on recess; with a view to enmesh it in a needless controversy.

The party counselled Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to stop playing saint, as Nigerians are aware that he is part and parcel of the actors behind the sordid developments playing out in the National Assembly.

“The PDP invites Nigerians and the international community to note the activities of the APC and the Buhari Presidency, which have continued to put the unity and stability of our nation as well as our hard-earned democracy under serious stress.

“In all, the PDP cautions the APC and power mongers at the Presidency to know that Nigerians have seen through their evil intentions and will continue to firmly resist them by standing for democracy and the unity of our nation at all times”, it added.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has denied working in any form with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to undermine President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

In a statement signed by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the Commission accused the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojodu of attempting to “impute false motive to its investigative activities”.

He said that the attention of the Commission has been drawn to a widely syndicated article by Senator Ojudu entitled, “fifth Columnists in Our Recent History”, wherein he portrayed the Commission as a conscript in the devious plots by Senator Bukola Saraki to undermine the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Ojudu, “From the shenanigans at the Benue House of Assembly, to the siege on National Assembly, the attack on judges home in the night, the so called barricade of the Senate President’s house, the laughable kidnap of Boy Dino and “his eleven hours on a tree”, the freezing of Benue and Akwa Ibom accounts all are scripted, produced and acted by Oloye Productions”.

But Uwujaren said the Commission takes exception at the attempt to impute false motive to its investigative activities explaining that the recent placement of a ‘Post No Debit Order’ on some accounts in Benue and Akwa Ibom States were the culmination of many months of painstaking investigation activities and that to reduce such activities to the level of a stunt in a real or imaginary script by any politician is outrageous.

“It is important to state that the EFCC is not a party to the so called script by Saraki. Members of the public should disregard the innuendo in Ojudu’s article as it is unfounded.

“The Commission calls for circumspection on the part of political leaders, while urging them to seek clarification before making comments on matters they do not know about”, he added.

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