Arrest of Saraki may sack APC – Wada Nas
Arresting the Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the time when the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was just coming out of its internal crisis may eventually brought the party to its kneels, President of Arewa Youth Development Associate (AYDA) Alhaji Imrana Wada Nas has said.
Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) , has over the weekend ordered that Senator Saraki be arrested and made to answer the 13 counts corrupt charges level against him including false asset declaration when he was the governor of Kwara state in 2007.
Arewa youth President also posited that if APC as a party at the centre would allow such a very senior member like the Senate President to be arrested for a controversial corruption charges , without intervening now, may mark the beginning of the fall of the party.
Wada Nas, who opined this in a chat with journalists at Nigeria Union of Journalists Secretariat, kaduna described the travail of Saraki as “Unnecessary witch hunt” that can be avoided and resolved without much noise if there is no any hidden agenda.
He observed that there nothing wrong in investigating any public office holder who violates the law, but insisted the manner the CCT was carrying out its constitutional duty on Saraki matter is suspicion.
Wondering over the development, Wada Nas said it was unfortunate that the CCT is just realising that there were inconsistencies with the senate president’s assets declaration after been sworn-in twice as a governor.
Though he agreed that the law that established Code Conduct Bureau empowers it to inform the defendant about inconsistencies observed in his assets declaration form, he questioned why it didn’t do that before prosecuting Saraki.
“The code of Conduct Bureau alleged that Saraki made false declaration in his assets declaration form for public officers at the beginning and end of his tenure as governor of Kwara state between May 29 ,2003 and May 28, 2007,” he added.