An All Progressives Congress (APC) senator representing Bauchi Central senatorial district, Isah Hamma Misau has said that contrary to what Nigerians think, the present administration’s anti-graft stance was not a war against corruption but a war against Saraki using corrupt means to hound him to submission.
Daily Times reports Misau as saying he was doubtful about the ability of President Muhammadu Buhari to successfully prosecute the campaign against corruption by selectively targeting individuals.
Misau stated that in the case of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal over the alleged declaration of assets, it was glaring that the issue was being manipulated.
He said: “The impression I am getting is that some people are playing God, believing that they can determine the fate of Saraki and they are using the judiciary as instrument of witch-hunt and persecution.
“What is happening is not a war against corruption. It is a war against Saraki using corrupt means to hound him to submission. This means however has grievous implication for the proposed anti-corruption agenda of the Buhari administration because you cannot successfully prosecute anti-graft war by selectively targeting individuals.”
The APC senator noted that the body language of the tribunal chairman clearly shows that he cannot do justice to the defendant in the present case stressing that a script had been written based on mischief and ill-will is being acted in all the courts before whom the matter has been taken.
He said: “Their actions portend that there is continued division within our great party and a divided party cannot effectively run a good government. Also, they are creating a wrong impression that the executive and judiciary are ganging up against the legislature. More importantly, they are reducing the War against corruption to a selective war designed to suppress political opponents.
“Why are they targeting Saraki? They thought they could use the tribunal to achieve what they could not achieve during the election of the leadership of the upper chamber of our legislature. Saraki has continued to be popular among senators and party members who are impressed by the leadership he has displayed in all circumstances, issues and cases.
“His handling of the ministerial screening and constitution of committees have shown that he is an asset to the Senate, the APC and the country. I urge President Muhammadu Buhari to check those who are using his name to perpetrate and perpetuate injustice to stop. The president as a leader should not turn away while this misdeeds continue.”
Misau added that other senators who had witnessed the proceedings at the Tribunal on the three different occasions when Saraki appeared before it were convinced that the he was being focused on simply because he is the Senate president.
The Bauchi senator admonished whom he believed were hunting Saraki to desist as their actions have implications the ruling APC, the government and the nation.
He stressed that the Senate would not stop to throw its support behind the Senate president as a result of the injustice being perpetrated against him.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly is said to be set to probe Justice Danladi Umar, the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal over allegations of misappropriation of N10 million public funds.
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