Senators belonging to the Like Minds Group yesterday faulted the decision of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to invite the wife of the Senate president, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, in connection with an unknown investigation.
The senators in a statement signed on their behalf by Senator Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West), stated that they hoped that the invitation of Mrs. Saraki was not politically motivated or linked to the on-going leadership tussle in the Senate.
They noted that the decision of the anti-graft agency to invite the Senate president’s wife created a lot of coincidences which any discerning mind would not want to ignore.
“Though, we do not want to make any hasty conclusion, we are surprised that about five years after the Sarakis left Government House, Ilorin, the EFCC suddenly realised the need to invite the wife. We hope this is not part of the plot we have heard about aimed at wrestling the Senate president down with different tactics.
“We have heard some of our colleagues and their sponsors boasting about throwing all types of mud at the leadership of the Senate in the bid to force it to accept their conditions.
“The EFCC definitely should perform its lawful duties but we warn that it should not return us to the dark days when the anti-graft agency was frequently and flagrantly used as a political weapon,” the senators stated.
They added that members of the Like Minds Group would continue to watch closely developments around Mrs. Saraki’s invitation and would later make its position known to members of the public.
The like mind senators are the supporters of Senate President Bukola Saraki within the fold of the 59 senators of the APC in the Senate.
The EFCC had on Wednesday invited Mrs. Saraki for questioning over alleged shady contracts during her husband’s tenure as the governor of Kwara State.
Also, the daughter of the late former President Umaru Yar’Adua, who is also the wife of former governor of Kebbi State, Mrs. Zaina Dakingari, was said to have been invited by the anti-graft agency.
Saraki’s wife is billed to appear before EFCC interrogators on July 28, a day after Yar’Adua’s daughter would have been questioned.
Confirming her invitation by the anti-graft agency, she said she would be “delighted to assist them with any lawful enquiries they may have as a law abiding, transparent and accountable private citizen.”
A statement by Akeem Olagoke, the private secretary to Mrs. Saraki, said the Senate president’s wife had no idea of the intent of the anti-graft agency’s invitation.
“Her Excellency, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, founder of Wellbeing Foundation Africa and wife of the Senate president, has been informed by her office that a letter of invitation was delivered to her office by and from the EFCC,” Olagoke stated.
He said, “She has directed an immediate and formal response to the EFCC that she will be delighted to assist them with any lawful enquiries they may have, as a law abiding, transparent and accountable private citizen.”

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