The Senate caucus of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, on Saturday night, alleged that the National
Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has hijacked
the Senate, by working in concert with the Economic And Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, to harass the Bukola Saraki-led Senate.
They added that the orchestrated plot by
Tinubu, was to ensure that Saraki suffers political set back, by
mobilising the EFCC against him, in order to relinquish his position in
This was part of the outcome of the
caucus’ meeting in Abuja, to review what they regarded as an “onslaught”
by the EFCC against members of the Senate.
Tinubu was accused of being behind the
series of media attack against the Senate members, in order to pave way
for his 2019 Presidential ambition.
Recall, that Tinubu had recently said he
would not rule out his Presidential bid, should President Muhammadu
Buhari decide not to run.
Taking a swipe on Tinubu, a source at
the caucus meeting said: “constant bashing and campaign of calumny
launched against the Senate by a prominent national daily and a
frontline television station, believed to be owned by the former
Governor, is an example of the on-going underground war being waged
against the Senate as an institution.’’
The Senators at the meeting, were also
said to have cited the attack on the Senate leadership and other members
in recent time by the same media outfits, as examples of how: “it is
obvious that Tinubu just wanted to destroy us.”
“The savage attack on Sen. Peter
Nwaboshi, because he moved a motion on the refusal of the Executive to
respect Senate resolutions, and drew a parallel between the recent
travail of Sen. Dino Melaye, and some of their other colleagues.”
While Nwaboshi was recently reported to
have been under the investigation of the EFCC, over contract allegedly
awarded to him in his home State, Delta, Melaye was accused of not being
a Geography graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, though he has now
been exonerated by a Senate panel.
The PDP caucus meeting, also reviewed a
statement credited to the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, believed to be a
close ally of Tinubu, who recently at a meeting in Lagos, allegedly
threatened that the “Senators will see hell in the coming weeks, as
fresh attacks will be launched against their integrity”.
Speaking further the source said: “We
will expose them. They were not happy that Senators supported President
Muhammadu Buhari, when he was away. They thought we will help them bring
down the government, because of their ambition.
“Now they are deploying the EFCC and
their media against us. Ibrahim Magu is a creation of Tinubu and Oba
Akiolu. They want to use him to protect themselves, while also using him
and the anti-graft agency as attack dogs against people who are not in
“That is why when EFCC received
petitions against the head of a federal revenue generation agency into
whose personal account some money due to government was paid, the
anti-graft agency refused to act. The head of the agency concerned, had
held similar position he is holding now in Lagos. It was the Independent
Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, ICPC, that is
eventually pursuing the case now,” the PDP caucus member said.