CNPP demands end to attacks against Saraki, others
Congress of Nigeria’s Political Parties (CNPP) has called for an immediate end to what it described as orchestrated campaigns of calumny against Senate President Bukola Saraki and other perceived enemies of the Federal Government by its security and anti-crime agencies.
The Kwara State chapter of the CNPP made the call on Tuesday via a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Adebayo Lawal, Secretary, Prince Olufemi Adeleke and its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Hon. Dave Abu Ifabiyi.
The group alleged that Saraki had remained the target of all forms of blackmail and character assassination since his emergence as the Senate President against the wish of a few leaders in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
It said different attacks had been instigated against Saraki by those it described as enemies of democracy and justice, to get him off the Senate President’s seat but have been unsuccessful.
The group noted that some high ranking federal government officials had bluntly refused to accord the Senate and the House of Representatives any respect or recognition, which it said, was an aberration to normal democratic practice and a breach of the country’s constitution.
It accused the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris of using his office to punish and defame all those involved in his invitation to appear before the Senate.
The group said: “It was Senator Dino Melaye that was first taken to the fryers followed by the accusation against Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeremadu before the current frame-up and witch-hunt of the Senate President.”
To this end, the group condemned the linking of Saraki to the cases of recently arrested suspected cultists and the Offa robbery suspects, stressing that the transfer of the two cases to Abuja ‘smell thick of the vendetta theory’ against the Senate President.
It argued that the decision of the IGP to transfer some of those alleged to have confessed that they were armed by Senate President to kill is “nothing more than a simple ploy to carry out a smear campaign against the person of the Senate President.”
The group added: “What some of the players in this shameful script fail to realize is that the Nigerian State is being ridiculed in the face of the entire world most of whom are better informed about the pathetic situation o rule of law in this country.
“Frisking and bringing our respected officers of the second estate of the realm to disrepute is not in the best interest of the country and our burgeoning democratic practice.
It, therefore, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to step in and put a stop to the ongoing intrigues and in-infightings between members of the executive and legislative arms before it is too late.
“As a first step to be taken to broker the needed peace, no federal agency or appointee should be allowed to ridicule the legislature or the judiciary through unwarranted smear campaigns unless there are incontrovertible facts and evidence pointing at glaring cases of misdemeanor of criminality that had been proved beyond all reasonable doubts,” the group said.
It warned that “the current good works of President Buhari should not be reduced to shambles and a wasted effort through the arrogance of some self-seeking individuals within the top-echelon of power in the nation.”