A former national chairman and presidential candidate of the de-registered National Action Council (NAC), Dr. Olapade Agoro, has advised embattled Senate President Bukola Saraki to strive and defend himself in court instead of resorting to what he termed “insultive buck-passing against President Muhammadu Buhari”.
Senate President Saraki, who was arraigned on Monday alongside his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and two others over two-count charges bordering on conspiracy and forgery of the Senate rules book, in a statement after he was granted bail by a federal capital territory high court in Abuja, claimed that a cabal had hijacked the powers of the Executive and was using it to pursue a nefarious agenda.
“However, what has become clear is that there is now a government within the government of President Buhari who have seized the apparatus of Executive powers to pursue their nefarious agenda”.
Reacting to the statement credited to Mr. Saraki, the former presidential contestant in a press statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Wednesday, said instead of unnecessarily “sitting tight in office, throwing pebbles at the Presidency”, the Senate president should tow the path of honour, resign his position and then concentrate on his trial to clear his name.
According to Agoro, “it has become highly instructive on the hallowed and honoured principle of what business integrity in governance should be, that the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, resigned from office for the simple reason that the people of the United Kingdom voted against his own held opinion, in a referendum to quit membership of the European Union.
“The offensive buck passing by Saraki on President Buhari’s government on the issue of criminal charges he is facing before law courts should be considered as an attempt to pull the wool on the face of justice”.
He also faulted the decision of the deputy Senate President Ekweremadu to write a petition to the US congress.
“Asking the international community, who at any rate are known with best practices of the rule of law in sustenance of their democracies to intervene over pending criminal cases in Nigerian courts of competent jurisdiction will not only be an invitation considered self-serving but an exposition of the sordid mentality of those at Nigeria’s corridors of power”, he said.