Finally APC reveals Buhari’s stance on Saraki’s CCT trial

Finally APC reveals Buhari’s stance on Saraki’s CCT trial

- The South East zone spokesman of the APC said President Muhammadu Buhari cannot approbate and reprobate at the same time

- The zonal spokesman, Osita Okechukwu took a swipe at the National Assembly over the Lagos-Calabar railway project 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally explained why President Muhammadu Buhari cannot intervene in the ongoing trial of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki at the code of conduct tribunal (CCT).

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Finally APC reveals Buhari’s stance on Saraki’s CCT trial
Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki

Vanguard reports that the South East chapter of the party on Tuesday, April 12, said the party is helplessness in the face of the ongoing trial of the Senate president.

The spokesman of the zone, Osita Okechukwu, said the federal government under President Buhari cannot approbate and reprobate at the same time.

Okechukwu, who gave the hint at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja during a press briefing, further stated that the budgetary controversy surrounding the Lagos-Calabar railway was based on personal interest.

He asserted that those standing against the Lagos-Calabar railway project were doing so because of their political ambition for 2019.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we of the South East zone of APC do not subscribe to the insinuation, that those opposed to the project are afraid of the political gains Mr. President will make in the South East and South South.

“They allege that if the project sails, coupled with his success on the war against corruption and containment of insurgency, he will be unstoppable. Hence the fear that the two zones may support him in 2019, given the political value of the project,” he said.

The zonal spokesman while urging the National Assembly not to throw the baby away with the bath water, said: “The welfare and prosperity of Nigerians far outweighs political gains. To erase this ungodly insinuation, we once more appeal to the National Assembly not to be caught in the political cross-fire.”

The zonal chapter of the party therefore pleaded with the members of the National Assembly to allow the Lagos-Calabar railway project fly.

“As we have listened carefully to all the cacophony of voices, none has condemned the project as irrelevant or building bridge to nowhere. Let the blame game stop and let the project be. The controversy over the project is uncalled for and an ill-wind which blows no one good.

“Our appeal is anchored on the truism of millions of employment opportunities and economic prosperity which the project will engender. We need projects like the Lagos-Calabar rail to create massive employment and revamp the economy. More so, when the reality is that both the executive and legislative arms are on the same page on the project, then it is of urgent national importance. We also understand that the Lagos-Calabar Project is in the China-Shopping List of President Muhammadu Buhari, for Nigeria’s infrastructure renewal. This being the case, what kind of message are those opposed to the project in the National Assembly sending to the Chinese government if they continue to bicker over mundane procedure? Is it sabotage?” he said.

The 2016 appropriation bill which is yet to be passed into law has suffered several setbacks. The initial delay emanated from padding of the proposed budget before it was later submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval, only to be discovered that the National Assembly only gave the president highlights of the budget and not the details.

Recently, the controversial exclusion of some capital projects from the 2016 budget has been a topic of discussion for some time now. Nigerians were still busy complaining about running a government for almost one year without a budget when a new revelation emerged that major national projects and programmes were either outrightly removed or funds for such were slashed.

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One of such project was the Lagos-Calabar rail line project which has been trailed by controversy as the National Assembly has maintained that the Lagos-Calabar rail line project was not included in the budget President Buhari submitted to them.

This particular controversy has even led to calls to remove Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transport as contained in a statement issued on Monday, April 11, by the National Assembly. The hallowed chamber insisted that the minister must apologise or resign with immediate effect.


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