The All Progressives Congress according to reports is leaving no stone unturned in a bid to ensure that its preferred candidate for the Senate Presidency position is elected when the election for the 9th NASS begins in about a month from now.
According to PUNCH, the party has therefore gone all out to unearth corruption cases secretly tucked away in the 8th Senate under the leadership of Saraki in order to weaken opposition to the candidacy of Ahmed Lawan.
The plot to weaken opposition to the emergence of Senator Ahmed Lawan, the preferred choice of the All Progressives Congress for the position of Senate President, has reached an advanced stage, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.
Saturday PUNCH gathered in Abuja on Friday that the ruling party was leaving nothing to chance as it was prepared to take full advantage of pending cases before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to whip uncooperative lawmakers into line.
It was learnt that the party’s strategists had reached a conclusion that it would be dangerous to underestimate the influence of the outgoing President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who they argued was keenly interested in who would succeed him.
In order to checkmate him, there are strong indications that the EFCC may arrest and detain him after his tenure officially ends and keep him until new principal officers are elected.
This plot, Saturday PUNCH learnt, was part of strategies being considered in a bid to destabilise the opposition and whip other contenders into line.
A top-ranking security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, explained that investigations into Saraki’s stewardship as Kwara State Governor and later Senate President was part of a larger plot by the current administration to clip his political wings and ensure the APC had its way.
According to Saturday PUNCH , the newspaper was informed on Friday that the EFCC’s probe of Saraki’s property in Lagos and the interrogation of the National Assembly clerk as well as other management officials was part of the general plot.
Also being investigated by the anti-graft agency is the Clerk to the House of Representatives, Mr Patrick Giwa.
The clerks were grilled by the EFCC on Wednesday over alleged corruption infraction and diversion of the duty tour allowances of legislative aides to members of the National Assembly.
The EFCC had acted on a petition sent to it by the legislative aides, a copy of which was sent to Buhari.
The signatories to the petition were Messrs Chinedu Nwokeukwu and Sunday Chuba on behalf of over 3,000 legislative aides.
They wrote partly, “We are reliably informed, Your Excellency, that the presiding officers of the 8th National Assembly are using the Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Sani Omolori, to cover the alleged diversion of our entitlements and allowances.
“The clerk should have proceeded on pre-retirement leave in November 2018, having attained the mandatory 60 years and 35 years of service. He was allegedly served a letter to that effect by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation.”
Meanwhile… Kwara computing Saraki’s earnings
Meanwhile, the Kwara State Government has yet to respond to the letter from the EFCC demanding details of Saraki’s earnings as the governor of the state.
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It was gathered that the government was taking its time to compile Saraki’s earnings for the eight years he spent as the Kwara State helmsman.
Saraki, Atiku – the word that best describe their current situations is "Karma". They've had their moments when the whole world is at their feet. Now is the moment of their trials.
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The Commission, as part of investigation into Saraki’s stewardship in the Senate and his tenure as Kwara State Governor, wrote to the Kwara State Government for details of his emoluments and other benefits.
That's why I'm even concerned and bothered not because he's Saraki or because I don't like him he shouldn't be tried but the fact that a court would give a verdict why someone shouldn't be quizzed to face trial. It's absolutely wrong.
BTW, immunity should be removed from our law
— Adenrele (@blastedup) May 15, 2019
The commission in a statement said it had indicting evidence and documents against Saraki, stressing that the probe was in the public interest.
The agency asked Saraki not to fret over the investigation into his earnings as governor and his stewardship in the Senate, “so long as he has no skeletons in his cupboard.”
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