Police Target Saraki, as Mass Defection Looms

Everybody should pray for Nigeria.

The executive arm of the federal government led by Muhammadu Buhari seems set to clash with the legislative arm. The National Assembly may be sealed off, say observers.

What is the problem?

For the past two weeks, the ruling APC chieftains have been begging members of the r-APC not to defect to the PDP, but the former have refused. The Senate president, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who had been pilloried by the executive on endless trials for corruption and for even having links to armed robbery suspects, was invited to Aso Villa to meet with President Buhari and others. Controversial national chairman of the APC Adams Oshiomhole was said to have visited Buba Galadima at night. Bola Tinubu’s phone has not rested.

When it became clear that over 130 APC lawmakers were ready to announce their defection to the PDP this week, the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, Monday night sent a letter to Saraki requesting him to report by 8am Tuesday to the head of the investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team at Guzape Junction, Asokoro Extension, Abuja, to make further statement on the robbery in Offa on April 5 in which 31 people were killed.

The social media have been busy with likely reasons for the invitation.

Saraki, in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the invitation was a ploy aimed at scoring cheap political points. The statement:

I have been reliably informed that the police invitation was planned by IG as a ploy to stop an alleged plan by some Senators and House of Representatives members from defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It was also said that if I was detained between Tuesday and Wednesday, that will abort the so-called defection plan.

While I continue to maintain that the issue of my position on the 2019 elections is not a personal decision for me alone to make, it should be noted that all these concoctions and evil plot cannot deter me. Those behind this fresh assault will fail as I have nothing to do with the robbery incident or any criminal matter for that matter.

I am aware that following a request made by the Police on June 13, 2018, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Federation had written a legal advice dated June 22, 2018, in which he stated on page 5, paragraph (f) that “For the Senate President and the Kwara State Governor, this office is unable to establish from the evidence in the interim report a nexus between the alleged office and the suspects”.

The Police have obviously corrupted and politicized their investigations into the Offa robbery incident. They have turned it into an instrument for the party in power to suppress perceived opponents, witch-hunt issue for blackmailing people from freely choosing which platform on which they want to pursue their ambition and a matter for harassing the people whose exit from APC would harm the chances of the party in the forthcoming elections.

I want to make it apparent that I have no hand in either the robbery incident or any criminal activity. The Police in their haste to embarrass me sent the invitation to me at 8pm and requested that I report to the station by 8am tomorrow. This obviously demonstrated their desperation as I do not see why they are now in a hurry.

They also stated in today’s letter that because in my response of June 7, 2018 to their own letter written on June 4, 2018, I stated that I was responding simply to the contents of the letter and that the full text of the statement made by the arrested suspects which they claimed indicted me was not made available to me, they were now including the suspects’ statements in the current letter. Yet, instead of including the suspects’ statements, they only attached two copies of my own letter to the invitation. No suspect’s statement was made available.

This plot aimed at compelling me and my associates to stay in a party where members are criminalised without just cause, where injustice is perpetrated at the highest level and where there is no respect for constitutionalism is an exercise in futility and it will fail.

Once again, my confidence in God and our judicial system remains intact and unshaken. The truth shall also prevail in this case.

A political crisis seems inevitable.

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