Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said, yesterday, it has uncovered moves by All Progressives Congress, APC, and agents of the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency to use compromised security agencies and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to invite, arrest and detain Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
This is just as the party noted that it has unraveled fresh facts confirming that the pressure by the Presidency for the reconvening of the Senate is borne out of a sinister motive and not for any emergency in the approval of the budget of the
Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the 2019 election.
The fresh plot to detain the two presiding officers, according to the party, is part of renewed design to keep them out of circulation, ahead of Senate resumption, so as to enable senators elected on the APC platform to throw up two of their members as Senate President and Deputy Senate President on the excuse that Saraki and Ekweremadu failed to show up for proceedings in the Senate.
A statement by PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “The PDP notes that the new plot to cage Saraki and Ekweremadu, in rehash of the Tuesday, July 24, 2018 hostage-taking and invasion of their official residences by security agencies is coming after the August 7, 2018 failed attempt to use security forces to take control of the leadership of the Senate.
“Apart from plots to arrest and detain Saraki and Ekweremadu, the PDP has also been made aware of plans to use the EFCC and security forces to clamp down on their family members, including their wives and siblings as well as close associates, all in the effort to weaken their resolve.”
It also alleged that the electoral umpire submitted its budget for the prosecution of the 2019 election earlier in the year.
“PDP was further informed that contrary to claims by the APC and the Presidency, INEC actually submitted the budget to the Presidency since February 2018, only for the Presidency to submit it to the National Assembly in July when the legislature was already going on recess; with a view to enmesh it in a needless controversy.”
“The PDP counsels Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to stop acting like a saint, as Nigerians are aware that he is part and parcel of the actors behind the sordid developments playing out in the National Assembly,” it added.