OrderPaperToday – The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu have raised the alarm over an alleged plot by the Federal Government to indict them and their colleagues in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for last Tuesday’s Invasion of the National Assembly by men of the Department of State Services (DSS).
In a joint statement signed by their media aides, Yusuph Olaniyonu and Uche Anichukwu, the two presiding officers explained that the Presidency has constituted a secret panel to review and submit a final recommendation on the interim report submitted by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Idris Ibrahim.
According to Saraki and Ekweremadu, the mandate of this closet panel, is to turn facts on the head and blame the invasion of the National Assembly on the two leaders of the Senate, who will be presented as having worked in conjunction with the sacked Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura to stage the invasion.
“We have been reliably informed that instead of the Presidency to set up a public inquiry or judicial commission to probe last Tuesday’s early morning Invasion of the National Assembly as being demanded by the general public, they have commenced a process of manipulation and fabrication.
“The Presidency has set up a closet panel, which would work to a predetermined conclusion in which they will now claim that the Senate President and the Deputy Senate President worked in collusion with ex-DG of DSS, Lawal Daura to stage the invasion,” the Senate President and his Deputy said.
The joint statement added: “They want to shield the fact that the previous night before the invasion and up till the early hours of Tuesday, there was a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senators and that the plan was for them to be moved in a Coaster bus into the National Assembly complex later that morning for them to purportedly remove us and select a new Senate President and Deputy Senate President.”
Speaking further, Saraki and Ekweremadu insisted that the matter be probed through an independent judicial commission of inquiry which will produce a comprehensive report, stating their resolve to “reject any manipulated and fabricated investigation.”
In addition, the presiding officers claimed that they have also uncovered a sinister plot in which the government plans to use the anti-graft and security agencies to incarcerate them and some members of their families starting next week, “all in a bid to break their will and effect their removal.”