Former vice president and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, in reacting the sieges on the residences of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, said the APC should
“avoid biting the fingers that gave the party victory in the last general elections.”
The security officers who were seen in multiple vehicles blocked the access routes to the residences of the Senate leaders in the early hours of Tuesday.
The siege was suspected to be linked to the planned defection of many senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress on Tuesday. However, Mr. Saraki had earlier been summoned by the police to appear on Tuesday in relation to an investigation into murder cases in his Kwara State. Evidence also emerged on Tuesday that Mr. Ekweremadu had been summoned by the EFCC to appear on Tuesday.
“The news of the sieges on the residences of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, is both troubling and unsettling. No democratic nation ought to treat the leadership of its Parliament like common criminals in the course of a political disagreement.ADVERTISEMENT
“I remind the powers that be that on August 31, 2013, when Senator Bukola Saraki walked out of the Peoples Democratic Party and began the process of joining the All Progressives Congress, there was celebration in their camps.
“I also remind them that their electoral victory, which they have so badly mismanaged today, would not have been possible without the Senate President. Power is transient and is also a trust that should only be used for the good and advancement of the people one leads and not for the persecution of real and imagined political opponents,” Mr Abubakar said.ADVERTISEMENT
He called for
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“the lifting of the sieges on the persons and homes of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu by security forces.”
“I remind President Muhammadu Buhari of his public words of solidarity to Senator Saraki after his ordeal of malicious prosecution, which thankfully was brought to a halt by the Supreme Court, and I urge him to live up to those words today and always.”