- A PDP chieftain, Senator Matthew Urhoghide said Bukola Saraki is being witch-hunted because he is the Senate president
- Urhoghide lamented the Senate president's trial and described the development as an unfortunate
Senator Matthew Urhoghide, chairman, Senate committee on culture and tourism has revealed why the Senate president, Bukola Saraki is undergoing trial at the code of conduct tribunal (CCT).
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The lawmaker, who described the trial as an unfortunate issue in an interview with Vanguard, said Saraki is being prosecuted because he is the Senate president.
Urhoghide, who was the former publicity secretary of the Edo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) noted that if it was not for Saraki’s position at the National Assembly, issues like these would not have cropped up.
“So, if you have this attitude at the back of the mind that this is the reason for all of this persecution, then of course one is completely taken aback and one feels sorry that things like this can still happen in this country. Some of you have been in court, you have seen what is going on and the drama; the background of all of this is because Senator Bukola Saraki is the Senate President otherwise they will not go and dig up issues under the guise of the law saying that it doesn’t matter how long it is that you can be brought to book,” he said.
Urhoghide revealed that the trial of the Senate president might cost the All Progressives Congress (APC) the Senate presidency, and hinted that the PDP would take over the Senate president seat if Saraki is removed.
He asserted that the trial is a misgiving that people can be persecuted for just taking the initiative to be what they want to be politically.
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“Again, I see it as a complete slide in the development of our national institutions particularly the National Assembly and to think of it that we in the Senate, who are supposed to be distinguished Nigerians are not allowed to make our free choice. So, if you have this attitude at the back of the mind that this is the reason for all of this persecution, then of course one is completely taken aback and one feels sorry that things like this can still happen in this country,” Urhoghide said.
Read the full interview here