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Buhari Has Lost Power To APC Cabal – Saraki

Dr Bukola Saraki Senate President
Posted: Jun 27, 2016 at 7:27 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rotimi Akinwumi

Abuja – Senate President ,Bukola Saraki, who is currently standing trial for his alleged involvement in forgery of the Senate Rule, on Monday blamed  his travail  on a cabal within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), which he said , has usurped  the executive  power  of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Saraki has continued to insist on his innocence in the matter, noting that his trial is a sad commentary on  the nation’s democratic practice, which he said has gradually been derailing from its assigned political duties.

He also noted that he would not be cowed in the face of frustration and persecution he might be  subjected to, saying, if need be, he would willingly walk into jail if the court eventually finds him guilty of the charges against him.

The Senate President made the observations in a press statement he personally signed shortly after he was granted bail on self recognition by Justice Yusuf Haliru, of the High Court, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, where he was arraigned alongside his Deputy, Ike EKweremad, former clerk to National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and Clerk to the Senate, Ben Efeturi.

Saraki insisted that the filing of the charges against him and the others was a violation of the principles of separation of power, which is set to cause havoc for the practice of democracy in Nigeria.

“In our view, the charges filed by the Attorney-General represent a violation of the principle of the separation of powers between the Executive branch and the Legislative branch as enshrined in our Constitution.

“Furthermore, it is farcical to allege that a criminal act occurred during Senate procedural actions and the mere suggestion demonstrates a desperate overreach by the office of the Attorney-General.

“These trumped-up charges are only another phase in the relentless persecution of the leadership of the Senate,” he said.

Saraki said that, instead of hounding him and other leaders of the Senate, what ought to be a priority for the current government is how to tackle the economic, socio and political problems threatening the existence of the country and the citizenry.

“This misguided action by the Attorney-General begs the question, how does this promote the public interest and benefit the nation? At a time when the whole of government should be working together to meet Nigeria’s many challenges, we are once again distracted by the Executive branch’s inability to move beyond a leadership election among Senate peers. It was not an election of Senate peers and Executive branch participants.

“Over the past year the Senate has worked to foster good relations with the Executive branch. It is in all of our collective interests to put aside divisions and get on with the nation’s business.

“We risk alienating and losing the support of the very people who have entrusted their national leaders to seek new and creative ways to promote a secure and prosperous Nigeria. As leaders and patriots, it is time to rise above partisanship and to move forward together,” he said.

Accusing the President of losing his power to the stifling powerbrokers within the APC, the Senate President said: “What has become clear is that there is now a government within the government of President Buhari who have seized the apparatus of Executive powers to pursue their nefarious agenda.

“This latest onslaught on the Legislature represents a clear and present danger to the democracy Nigerians fought hard to win and preserve.

“The suit filed on behalf of the Federal Government suggests that, perhaps, some forces in the Federal Republic have not fully embraced the fact that the Senate’s rules and procedures govern how the legislative body adjudicates and resolves its own disputes.

“Let it be abundantly clear, both as a citizen and as a foremost Legislator, I will continue to rise above all the persecution and distraction that have been visited on me. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr, ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at a time of challenge and controversy.’

“I will remain true and committed to the responsibilities that my citizenship and my office impose on me. Without doubt, the highest of those responsibilities is the steadfast refusal to surrender to the subversion of our democracy and the desecration of the Senate.

“This is a cross I am prepared to carry. If yielding to the nefarious agenda of a few individuals who are bent in undermining our democracy and destabilising the Federal Government to satisfy their selfish interests is the alternative to losing my personal freedom, let the doors of jail be thrown open and I shall be a happy guest.”