Saraki Opens Up On Alleged Defection Plan And Police Invitation
"Enough of flimsy excuses.
"If you want to leave the party, just leave the party.
"We are tired of this caricature and all these can't change our minds or conclusion about you," read one of the comments that have trailed a statement by the Senate President on his alleged plan to defect from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the invitation by the police over his indictment by suspected robbers.
It sounded like it was written by a member of the APC, but whether this reflects the disposition of this party members, Nigerians will know in coming days, weeks or months.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has been in the news of late for so many reasons and top in the reports is an alleged plan by the Kwara State indigene to leave the ruling APC.
A little throwback.
Do you remember the heart-rending robbery incidents at several banks in Offa, Kwara State, and the confession of one of the suspects which the police shared?
You also know that after that indictment the Senate President was invited by the police for questioning. Everything later died down and life continued as usual.
On Monday, however, Dr. Saraki shared a post on Facebook about the current situation of things, indicating that the police invitation has been issued again, this time more in a hurry than than before.
He wrote: "I have been reliably informed that the police invitation was planned by the IG (Inspector General of Police) as a ploy to stop an alleged plan by some Senators and House of Representatives members from defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
"It was also said that if I was detained between Tuesday and Wednesday, that will abort the so-called defection plan.
"While I continue to maintain that the issue of my position on the 2019 elections is not a personal decision for me alone to make, it should be noted that all these concoctions and evil plots cannot deter me.
"Those behind this fresh assault will fail as I have nothing to do with the robbery incident or any criminal matter for that matter.
"I am aware that following a request made by the Police on June 13, 2018 to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Federation had written a legal advice dated June 22, 2018, in which he stated on page 5, paragraph (f) that "For the Senate President and the Kwara State Governor, this office is unable to establish from the evidence in the interim report a nexus between the alleged office and the suspects".
The Senate president further accused the police of being partisan and working for the APC which he referred to as the party in power and not 'our party' as usual.
"The Police have obviously corrupted and politicised their investigations into the Offa robbery incident.
"They have turned it into an instrument for the party in power to suppress perceived opponents, witch hunt issue for blackmailing people from freely choosing which platform on which they want to pursue their ambitions and a matter for harassing the people whose exit from APC would harm the chances of the party in the forthcoming elections.
"I want to make it apparent that I have no hand in either the robbery incident or any criminal activity.
"The Police in their haste to embarrass me sent the invitation to me at 8:00 p.m. and requested that I report to the station by 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.
"This obviously demonstrated their desperation as I do not see why they are now in a hurry," the Senate President further wrote.
According tho him, the police explained why he was being invited again to clear his name over the Offa robbery, but he has seen some flaws in the document sent to him by the police.
'Truth Shall Also Prevail'
He said: "They also stated in today's letter that because in my response of June 7, 2018 to their own letter written on June 4, 2018, I stated that I was responding simply to the contents of the letter and that the full text of the statement made by the arrested suspects which they claimed indicted me was not made available to me, they were now including the suspects statements in the current letter.
"Yet, instead of including the suspects' statements, they only attached two copies of my own letter to the invitation.
"No suspects statement was made available".
The Senate President believes that the invitation is a "plot aimed at compelling me and my associates to stay in a party where members are criminalised without just cause, where injustice is perpetrated at the highest level and where there is no respect for constitutionalism is an exercise in futility and it will fail.
"Once again, my confidence in God and our judicial system remains intact and unshaken.
"The truth shall also prevail in this case".
His statement has drown so much diverse comment on his Facebook page and it will not be a surprise if the Senate President becomes the major trending topic on social networks on Tuesday.
Road to 2019 is becoming rough, sweet, interesting and everything in between.
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