Monday, June 18,2018
The Congress of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has called for an immediate end to what it described as orchestrated campaigns of calumny against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The Kwara State chapter of the CNPP made the call in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Adebayo Lawal, Secretary, Olufemi Adeleke and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Dave 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 in 2015.
The group 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.
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 Ekweremadu before the current frame-up and witch-hunt of the Senate President.”
The group also 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 ‘smells 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 the 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 realise 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 of the 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.