Thursday, 24 September 2015

Confusion In APC As Lawmakers Split Over Saraki's Trial

Confusion In APC As Lawmakers Split Over Saraki's Trial

The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) is divided over the arraignment of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Tuesday.
A section of the leadership in Abuja is angry that it was “shut out” of the power-loop in the party while some are angry that the party, by being silent, is tacitly “backing the humiliation of an arm of government through the arraign­ment of the Senate President.

Chat212 FM gathered that shortly after the Code of Con­duct Bureau (CCB) made public the 13-count charge against Saraki, some top members of the party expressed displeasure at the development.

“Some party leaders, particularly those who had links with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the past were unhappy that they don’t even know what is happening in the party. Nobody calls meetings and information is not even disseminated down the line.

“Imagine calling the party executive and they keep tell­ing you they don’t know what is happening! We have told them to convene a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting but nobody seems to be listening,” a source said.

At the National Assembly, a source said moves to com­pile “some constitutional breaches by the Presidency may have been stalled for now…we have made our findings and we now know that President Muhammadu Buhari knows nothing about the arraignment of the Senate President at the CCT.”

Meanwhile, ripples of Saraki’s trial have spilled over to the House of Representatives, with palpable fears gripping the leadership that Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his deputy may face persecution.

Although the House has enjoyed relative peace since the leadership of the APC prevailed on him over the composi­tion of principal officers, the travail of Saraki has, however, unsettled the Speaker and other members of the leadership.

A ranking lawmaker told Daily Sun that the same agents spearheading the ongoing onslaught against Saraki might soon extend the same “hand of fellowship” to the House. He alleged that the ongoing pseudo anti-corruption war was a distraction meant to cripple the National Assembly.

He said actions so far taken by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS) of government showed that the ex­ecutive was not willing and ready to work with the Eight National Assembly.