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PDP, APC Throw Brickbats Over Saraki’s Trial

Posted: Sep 20, 2015 at 12:04 am   /   by   /   comments (6)

Rotimi Akinwumi Abuja

Nigeria’s leading political parties, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have thrown brickbats at each other over the ongoing trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja.

Dr Bukola Saraki

Dr Bukola Saraki

The PDP yesterday descended on President Muhammadu Buhari accusing him of becoming a fascist in government and running a government of official terrorism.

The opposition party, made the allegation while reacting to the attempt by the government to get the Senate President, Bukola Saraki prosecuted for alleged asset declaration violation.

Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP signed the statement.

In a swift response, however, the APC accused the PDP of openly launching a counter-offensive against the determined efforts of the Buhari Administration to rid the country of impunity and corruption, but warned that the opposition party will fail in its attempt to take Nigerians back to Egypt.

‘’Saturday’s Press Statement by the PDP is nothing but a thinly-veiled frontal assault on the relentless efforts of the Buhari Administration’s to clean the Augean Stable of the last PDP Federal Government,’’ the party said in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The PDP described recent events under the Buhari administration as crass abuse of power.

According to Methu, all that has been happening under the Buhari administration are “deliberate infractions and crass abuse of power” saying, “it is no longer in doubt that the nation is on a quick slide into fascism and official terrorism.”

Metuh stated “that the President Buhari-led regime has exhibited trappings of despotism, including “ruling without a constitutional component of a cabinet, persistent abuse of power, undermining of democratic institutions, invasion of state government and personal houses, injecting confusion into the judiciary and hounding of individuals perceived to be against its interests”.

The PDP expressed worry over the “relentless onslaught against democratic institutions, especially the growing tension trailing the quest to annex the National Assembly; for which the Presidency had since vowed not to recognize the current Senate leadership, in total disdain to the independence of the legislature and the principle of separation of powers”.

It further described as a mockery of reasoning, for Buhari to condemn the recent coup in Burkina Faso “whilst his government continues to violate the provisions of the constitution of his own country.”

The statement reads further; “Ordinarily, the intra-party squabbles within the APC, regarding leadership positions in the Senate is not necessarily our concern.

“Also, we are not interested in whether Senate President Bukola Saraki ran for the APC Presidential ticket against President Muhammadu Buhari; or whether he ran for the Senate Presidency against the advice of the President and his party.

“Our concerns here are the prevailing executive intolerance, the undermining of the institution of the National Assembly and the overall threat to the survival of our democracy.

“Whereas the PDP totally supports the fight against corruption, while reposing confidence in the judiciary to protect and preserve its sanctity, we note with grave concern, the politically induced controversies within the judiciary, as a result of the part being played by agents of the executive, especially the question of due process with respect to the roles statutorily vested on the person of an Attorney-General, who is yet to be appointed, regarding proceedings in the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

“We note this dangerous trend because the Presidency and the APC have not hidden their aversion to the election of Senators Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively, even as the fact of various moves to oust them from office, including the recent unsubstantiated allegations of forgery and harassments by the federal controlled security agencies are in the public domain.

“We call on Nigerians to be aware that the fixation on the leadership of the National Assembly is part of a major step towards the appropriation of the federal legislature, so as to undermine its statutory role of checks and balances and set the stage for dictatorship in the land.

“Part of this script is to commence a major onslaught against federal lawmakers perceived to hold divergent views to those of the Presidency, irrespective of party affiliations, a situation that would ensure a subdued legislature.”

The alleged onslaught against perceived enemies, the PDP said, has been put together towards ensuring that the party is annihilated.

“Also, similar machineries have been activated for possible forceful takeover of PDP states, a plot which played out in the recent act of terrorism against democracy, in the invasion of Akwa-Ibom State Government House by the Department of State Services (DSS), under the direct instructions from the Presidency.

“We also recall July reprehensible invasion and sealing of Rivers local councils by the Police, who also barred members of caretaker committees that were duly appointed by the state government to take charge of the councils.

“The erosion of personal freedom of citizen also came to public glare in the invasion of the home of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, against constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights and the rule of law.

“Furthermore, Nigerians are witnesses to the undue interferences of the Department of State Services in the activities of election tribunals in PDP-controlled states of Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Delta, Abia, Taraba and others where electoral officers are being harassed, intimidated and detained, ostensibly to influence judgments against the PDP.

“We recall the show of intolerance in the venom and disparagement with which the APC-led administration in August, attacked our highly revered national leaders in the National Peace Committee, which has as members, former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, respected clerics; Archbishop John Onaiyekan and Bishop Matthew Hassan Kuka, retired justices of superior records, as well as other highly respected patriotic Nigerians, for daring to counsel Buhari’s government on some observed undemocratic tendencies and processes.

Comments (6)

  • Sep 21, 2015 at 11:07 am Ibrahim Pholonias

    Methu must be a useless man upon all sixteen years PDP mess u still have mind to tock.

  • Sep 21, 2015 at 9:34 am Pero

    If Saraki is being hounded for an alleged offence of 12 years ago by this administration, then where is the wisdom in the same administration claiming that extending their probe of the Jonathan administration back to 12 years ago will amount to a distraction? Talking about hypocrisy in high places. Nobody can call an axe a spade for Nigerians. This harassment is political. Period. By the way, our PVCs are still in tact. The change is still on-going. PMB, be wary of sycophants around you.

  • Sep 20, 2015 at 11:27 pm ayobamiba

    Nigerians remember abacha,Nigerians remember abacha ,Nigerians remember abacha.buhari swore an oath with his Koran to rule Nigeria according to the dictates of our constitution, to uphold and defend our constitution.but majority of the acts of Mr president since may 29 runs counter and against his oath of office. Nigeria must say no to democracy without adherence to constitutional order.buhari is not bigger than Nigeria ,he is only but a citizen of Nigeria among 170 million other citizens. Our democracy must be in line with the constitution of the federal republic. If buhari can not obey the constitution and preside in accordance with its dictates then the national assembly must call him to order .Nigerians must not allow buhari to hold executive office and as well pocket our hallowed chambers for that will become dictatorship. This is a battle between dictatorship and democracy and Nigerians must stand on the side of democracy. The blood of Chima ubani,Mko,Gani fawehimi etc must not be in vain.this was how morsi started in Egypt and before you know it,Egypt has become a nest of die hard terrorists.olis metu is correct in his assertions, if Nigeria continue like this ,buhari will surely wound Nigeria irredeemably.those who are paid to troll on the Internet to serve as buharis attack dogs should know that when this man finally turns into a brutal vampire, that even they who are his paid agents shall not escape his fangs. War against corruption is indeed desirable but it must follow the constitution, laws and due process for it to be credible. Witch hunting, malicious vindictiveness, organized state terrorism against alternative views and unorthodox annihilation of opposition is immoral, despotic and unbecoming in democracy.

  • Sep 20, 2015 at 9:46 am Moses2Ola_74Fam

    Olisa Metuh the train that is cleaning hips of corruption bins will soon land in your compound. Do no think that we are fools to allow your party in which Saraki was among the founders to rule us for 16 years without any progress, only corruption and you people enrich yourselves with our money. Saraki left your camp to join APC to look for way to realize his selfish ambition, he did with dirty game, so you cannot fool us again to seek for his sympathy. Let him carry his cross, let him explain to how he did get his wealth, his father cannot fool ILORINS and he Saraki cannot come to Federal to fool us like his family is fooling Ilorin people.

  • Sep 20, 2015 at 4:22 am God's Judgement

    PDP will never learn their lessons. With all they did to our beloved country for 16yrs, I can’t believe that some of them still have the audacity to come on air: Shame on the so call Olisa Metu. The same set of people in PDP party that led our great nation zero level, and planted corruptions everywhere. This is not the way an opposition supposed to handle and approach things. It shows only one thing, lack of political will and lack of vision for our country. Nigerians expect PDP after Jonathan to be a constructive and formidable opposition with good sense of judgment and articulate policies. But what we have seen so far is neither impressive nor encouraging. My advice for the opposition party is to always see through every matter to the end before jumping into bad wagon and say all manners of rubbish. What will be the faith of the PDP if court finds Saraki guilty? That will add salt to the incurable corruption ulcers of PDP as a party.

  • Sep 20, 2015 at 3:53 am kinsly

    Mad Metuh, good morning!

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