Saraki vs IG: Remi Tinubu, 8 others to meet Buhari


Senator Remi Tinubu and eight other members of the Senate have been selected on the list of lawmakers that will accompany President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was gathered that the meeting will hold Wednesday night.

The 10-man delegation will discuss the alleged attempt to implicate Saraki in a criminal matter.

This followed an explanation on the matter by the Senate President at the plenary, yesterday.

Members of the delegation are the Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, the Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, Minority Whip, Godswill Akpabio, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos) and Sen. Raji Rasaki (APC-Ekiti).

Others are Sen. Aliyu Wammakko (APC-Sokoto), Sen. Sam Egwu (PDP-Ebonyi), Sen. Danjuma Goje (APC-Gombe) and Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa).

Saraki had yesterday raised the alarm over the transfer of some criminal suspects undergoing interrogation in Kwara to Abuja by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to make statements to implicate him.

Commenting on the issue, Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos-APC) and Philip Aduda (FCT-PDP) suggested that a joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives be constituted because Saraki is the chairman of the National Assembly.

The Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, differed, proposing that the Senate should set up a committee of seven with a chairman and one person from each geo-political zone and brief the House of Representatives which could choose to do so or not.

Sam Anyanwu (Imo-PDP) said the situation is a manifestation of a warning he gave his colleagues some months ago, adding that there is a plot to bring down senators who are critical of government.

“If this matter has to do with the President of the Senate, then all of us are in trouble. I remember I said this that from February, all for us should be prepared, one after the other, it has come to that point.

“I’m looking at a situation where we don’t look at geo-political zones, we look for crack people who can do a forensic investigation and bring it to the public domain so that Nigerians can understand the persecution we are going through now.

“As it stands, I can assure you, some of us have been earmarked just because we speak out. But as far as I’m concerned, it’s only one bullet and one life.”

Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara-APC) said the committee should be set up to meet with the President rather than investigate and turn out a report which may not be acted upon.

He said, “Instead of investigating, I want to suggest the committee be made of well-experienced people should sit down with the president and discuss the issue.

“These things are capable of turning our democracy upside down. We are going to conduct investigation, after the investigation where are you carrying the resolution or the report to? It will further pit the National Assembly against the Executive. Let us raise this committee and let them sit with Mr President.”

Isa Misau (Bauchi-APC) wants his colleagues to be prepared as more of such ‘victimisation,’ targeted at 2019 elections, will still occur.

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