‘Saraki’s bank accounts to be frozen’ *More state governments to face onslaught soon

By Editor on 10/08/2018

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Saraki with the political party chairmen

Senate President, may be the next victim in the new trend that has seen the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) freezing the bank accounts of politically-exposed persons, as has happened in the cases of Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose and former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan and recently those of Akwa Ibom and Benue states.

The revelation is coming from the National Chairman of the National Unity Party (NUP), Chief Perry Okpara, who led 44 othe political parties to visit Saraki on Thursday over Tuesday's siege on the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS). 

Okpara, raised the alarm over the alleged plot by a government agency, he did not name to freeze the bank accounts of the Senate, Saraki, and some unnamed governors and their states, said the aim was to stiffle them of funds.

Speaking on behalf of the other members of the delegation, the NUP boss, who cautioned Nigerians to be extra-vigilance to the antics of anti-democratic forces, sponsoring the action, said: “We have it on good authority that there are moles in the Senate and there are moves to freeze the accounts of the Senate, Senate President, and governors.

“We wish to alert Nigerians to a new plot by the same people, whose first shameful attempt to unlawfully overthrow the leadership of the National Assembly failed; an attempt, which brought Nigeria to bad international limelight.

“We have it on good authority that a fresh plot is being hatched to make another attempt to cripple the parliament in the guise of impeachment, even when they know that there is not a constitutional majority to achieve the sinister move.

“We wish to state that we, the chairmen and leaders of political parties, will not support or standby to watch any unconstitutional impeachment of the leadership of the National Assembly.

“Nigeria is gradually turning into a failed state and all the institutions of state have been compromised and desecrated. This is the time to rise in defence of democratic values and nationhood.”

The parties condemned the use of the police, Department of State Services (DSS) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to clamp down on the opposition, the leadership of the National Assembly and also to lay siege to state assemblies.

“Today, our country is facing the challenges of pervasive insecurity, massive joblessness, and unemployment, ethnic irredentism and disunity. “We enjoin the National Assembly to use its constitutionally guaranteed powers to legislate to arrest the slide; to give the country a new direction and create hope for our countrymen and women,” he said.

Okpara also disassociated the 45 parties from what he called an attempt by the Accord Party to undermine the constitutional powers of the National Assembly.

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Saraki

He said: “We note that the courts have rejected attempts by the Accord Party to undermine the constitutional powers of the National Assembly to undermine the sequence of elections. We, the majourity of the political parties, disassociate ourselves from that inglorious attempt.”

In his response, Saraki expressed the hope that those behind the plot to destabilise the National Assembly by forcing an illegitimate leadership change have learnt their lesson from the resistance put up by Nigerians during the invasion of the National Assembly by officials of the DSS.

He said: “I hope that the anti-democratic forces have learnt their lesson in the past few days. We in the National Assembly will continue to follow due process and the rule of law.”

The political parties that attended the meeting were the United Democratic Party; Rebuild Nigeria Party, People for Democratic Change, Peoples Party of Nigeria, Progressives Peoples Party, Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria, Alliance for Democracy, and Young Democratic Party, among others.

 

 

 

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Posted on August, 10 2018

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