A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Ighoyota Amori, has urged the All Progressives Congress, APC, to focus on delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians instead of pursuing the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Mr. Saraki is standing trial before the CCT on 13 count charges bordering on alleged false assets declaration and money laundering while he was Kwara State Governor from 2003-2011.
But Amori, who is Special Adviser, Reconciliation and Conflict Management to the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, alleged that “There are forces within the APC that are behind the plot to unseat Saraki as Senate President at all cost.
“The persecution of Saraki is based on his emergence as Senate President against the expectation and plan of a cabal in the APC. But majority of senators are committed and united to jettison the old order where the executive dictates to the leadership of the Senate”, the PDP chieftain told newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
Wondering why the APC, which had clamoured for change in the polity would be interested in having a rubber stamp leadership in the National Assembly, he told the party to desist from further actions that were capable of creating an unhealthy relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government at the centre.
He said: “Saraki has charted a new direction for the Senate and the National Assembly, which is accounting for the immense support he has continued to enjoy across party lines despite his present travail.
“Any attempt to remove Saraki as Senate President will spell doom in the Senate with its attendant consequences on the political landscape of the nation. The APC should allow the current stability in the Senate to continue to reign while it takes measures to rescue Nigerians from the present harsh economic situation”.
Amori, therefore, advised the APC to learn lessons from the PDP, which rallied round Aminu Tambuwal, who emerged Speaker of the House of Representatives under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, against the wish of the party.