Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State yesterday denied that a meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors’ with President Muhammadu Buhari had to do with the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki.
He, however, said the governors raised a committee to look into the crisis and other problems confronting the governing party.
It would be recalled that APC governors under the aegis of Progressives Governors Forum, PGF, on Tuesday met behind closed-doors with President Buhari, where they reaffirmed their loyalty and support for the government’s anti-corruption war.
Abubakar said in as much as the APC governors would look into party issues in the National Assembly, they will not dabble in either any case in court or the crisis in the legislature.
Although he did not mention any names, the Bauchi governor was apparently referring to the trial of Saraki, and others for alleged forgery.
Abubakar, who expressed these views at an interactive session with reporters in Abuja Wednesday, said the APC governors would not intervene in any criminal matter.
He said: “The APC is a party that has come to power and it has come to power from an opposition political party, and I must confess that we are experiencing teething problems in the APC because being in government is a new phenomenon for us.
“I cannot say that things are going on smoothly and that is why yesterday we paid a visit to Mr. President and we expressed the need for governors to be called upon to delve into the problems of the party, with a view to reinvigorating the party so that it can continue performing the functions of a party in power, so we are trying to address this issue”.
In response to the question how far APC governors are willing to go to wade in the trial of some principal officers of the Senate, he said: “…I assure you we are not going to tamper with cases that are before courts or tribunals and we are not going to delve into the issue at the moment.
“We are only going to touch on the political issues pertaining to the National Assembly. As for what is before the court, those of us who are lawyers, we know that we cannot touch them and the issue is just coming up but it is not politics. As far as I am concerned, if any proof is found to the allegations, these are criminal offences so there is no way any committee of governors can delve into that, I can assure you”.
To address the problems in APC, Abubakar said the APC governors have raised a committee to look into it.
He added: “Mr. President has graciously allowed us yesterday and we have in fact formed a committee of the APC governors’ forum to address this and other issues bedeviling the ruling party.
“At the state level, there are problems, I must confess, particularly with our representatives at the centre. What I always say is the most beautiful form of government is constitutional democracy, especially where the constitution is written in Nigeria. Britain practices constitutional democracy but their own constitution is not written; in our case, our constitution is written and the beauty is that at every level of government, the functions and powers of every level of government have been stipulated in the constitution
“So, if we are going to abide by the functions and powers allocated to us in the constitution, there will not be any areas of friction. As I said, the APC is new to governance; it has come from many years in opposition. To attaining the position of the ruling party, we are having teething problems.
“I call all these teething problems, and I assure you that we are addressing these problems; even the Bauchi State problems that are seen today in the pages of the newspapers are not insurmountable and even as I speak, there are moves to address these problems in the APC in Bauchi State”.
On the recovery of looted funds by past government officials of the state, the governor said he would prefer to confirm the figures based on fact-sheet, which was not available.
He said: “The question on the recovery and how much, I always feel shy of sharing out figures that I am not certain of.
“All I can say is definitely that there will be revelations from the little I have seen. For example, I know of a situation of which in one day N1 billion was taken from one account of the government through several N10 million cheques, but I will not be able to put a figure on total recovery. As I said, the work of the committee is ongoing”.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
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