There are indications that pro-Saraki senators and members of House of Representatives have allegedly rejected chairmanship of house committees over fear of being persecuted. This fear stems from the current Code of Conduct Tribunal trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki which some analysts and politicians have tagged as ‘witch-hunt’ or political vendetta.
Given the emergence of Saraki as SP over the All Progressives Congress’ preferred candidate, Ahmad Lawan, not a few have said the trial of Saraki is politically motivated; though the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has dismissed the allegations.
According to a Vanguard report, some of the Pro-Saraki Senators, who were instrumental to the emergence of Saraki, have allegedly opted out of chairmanship of house committees for fear of APC leaders persecuting them.
A senator who spoke under condition of anonymity said, “Some of us (Senators) especially the APC Senators have decided not to accept Committee Chairmanship. Those who felt aggrieved over the election of Senate President have decided to embark on a witch hunt and they want to use the Committee to achieve their devilish plans.
The senator alleged that the APC leadership plans on using the ‘juicy’ committee positions to entrap the Pro-Saraki legislators in a bid to blackmail them. He also remarked that the persecution has its roots in the 2019 Presidency being eyed by some APC Northern governors.
He said, “They have planned to use the oversight functions to blackmail us and you know when you are blackmailed whether rightly or wrongly, the public will have a negative impression about you and we don’t want to create that room at all.
“You can see what is happening between the Senators and the governors especially in the North. Some of the governors who have their eyes in 2019 have started fighting their senators (sic).
“One particular governor alongside a former governor that lost the bid to become the APC presidential candidate and one person that arrogates to himself the position of the party leader have decided that the present senate leadership did not have peace and have blackmailed the leadership before the presidency (sic).
“You know that Saraki made sure that the APC did not have a Muslim/Muslim ticket and the party leaders that did not benefit from that have been angry with him (Saraki). The other one felt disappointed that he was not supported during the APC presidential primaries after their alleged initial agreement before they dumped the Peoples Democratic Party.”
The senator added that the political attack on Saraki was due to his speculated 2019 presidential bid, as he stands the best chance of clinching the position if President Buhari decides to step down after the expiration of his first tenure.
“Saraki for now has the support of majority of those who decide elections in the North (sic). Both in Sokoto, Gombe, Zamfara and some other states in the North. If he maintains the structure till 2019, there is the fear that he would definitely emerge as the party’s presidential flag bearer.
“Those who are interested in the position are aware of this and especially three of them, one from the South west, a former governor and a serving governor who are all interested are making sure that they blackmail him before President Buhari. You know the President believes that he is the only corrupt-free person in this country”, he added.
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