- Senator Rafiu Ibrahim said Bukola Saraki does not need to respond to the query issued to him by the APC
- APC had accused Saraki of breaching Article 21 of the party’s constitution
- Ibrahim said the issues raised in the query were in conflict with and complete violation of their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of association
Rafiu Ibrahim, the senator representing Kwara south at the National Assembly has claimed that Senate president, Bukola Saraki has no reason for responding to the query issued to him by the All Progressives Party (APC).
Saraki had been accused by the APC of breaching Article 21 of the party’s constitution.
Ibrahim who was among the 14 senators that defected from the APC said they did so because they felt that the party no longer represents the ideals that they once fought for, Premium Times reports.
“It is preposterous for the APC leadership to be writing that Saraki should be held responsible for the decision of my colleagues concerning their political careers.
“Is it Saraki that caused the antagonism between Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi and Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai which led the senator to defect? Is it Saraki that caused the problem between Kogi governor and Senator Dino Melaye when the party appeared helpless in calling the governor to order as he moves to annihilate the senator who contributed so much to his election?
“Is it Saraki that compelled a man of Senator Abdullahi Danbaba of Sokoto’s standing to defect? Is it Saraki who forced Senator Monsurat Sunmonu from Oyo state to defect? Can Saraki be blamed for Senator Abdulazeez Murtala Nyako’s defection after the senator had complained about the lack of equity and inclusiveness in the APC in Adamawa state?
“One can give so many examples to demonstrate how the noncommittal leadership of the APC looked on, without taking action to stop the sorry state of affairs that made the gale of defections inevitable,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) queried the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, for allegedly producing a conducive environment for its members to defect.
The party’s NWC asked Saraki to respond within 48 hours to its query as to why disciplinary action should not to be taken against him for breaching article 21 of the constitution of the party.
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