Gabriel Idibia, Kaduna
Youths of All Progressives Congress (APC) from Northern Nigeria have accused the presidency and leaders of the APC for masterminding the war of litigations facing the Senate President on his asset declaration, stressing that all Governors and Senators of the party should also declare their assets and the legitimacy of such declarations be probed.
Addressing journalists in Kaduna, the group led by Alhaji Shehu Ibrahim Umar lamented that contrary to the party’s claim of safeguarding internal democracy and upholding the party’s unity of purpose, the leadership of the APC has vehemently oppose Senate President Bukola Saraki all in the name of fighting corruption.
‘’This is not the first time the Senate President Bukola Saraki is holding public office, he has held several offices before now even as a Governor and seating senator, but is it only now that issues of corruption have been raised against him. Will such issues would have been raised if Bukola Saraki was in the good book of the party?
“ Or is Saraki the only northerner that may have had skeletons in his cupboard? It is simply witch hunting and politics orchestrated by those who are oppose to his Senate Presidency and simply a ploy to stop him from presiding over the senate that elected him,’ he said.
Umar decried that, ‘’we the youths of the party did not voted for wars within us, we voted for a change devoid of hatred and witch-hunting, we voted for internal democracy, the party have not even exhausted the internal mechanism for settlement, this act is capable of putting our best hands off the party leaving us at the mercy of the opposition.
The party leadership should also compel all senators and governors in APC to declare asset and should also probe the legitimacy of such declarations. This is a deadly move by our party because it might deepen the gap existing in the broken walls of the party.’’
The group also rebuked the call by Arewa youths for the resignation of Senate President Bukola Saraki ‘’the group is an unrecognized and baseless in ideas of running democracy in a country like Nigeria.’’
It could be recalled that, the Code of Conduct Bureau had slammed a 13-count charge of corruption on the President of the Nigerian Senate leader, Bukola Saraki.
In charge number ABT/01/15, dated September 11 and filed before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Mr. Saraki is accused of offences ranging from anticipatory declaration of assets to making false declaration of assets in forms he filed before the Code of Conduct Bureau while he was governor of Kwara state.
President Muhammadu Buhari had denied instigating the ongoing trial against the Senate President.
The Presidency in a statement released said attempts to link the ongoing trial of the Senate President to the Presidency are unacceptable.
Saraki is being prosecuted at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged false declaration of asset. His associates alleged that the trial is politically motivated.
“Views to the effect that the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB and the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT can only act upon external instigation are equally uninformed”, Garba Shehu, a spokesperson for the President said in the statement.