The Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) has criticised the Federal Government over an alleged treatment of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
During an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Tonight, Spokesman for the R-APC, Kassim Afegbua, regretted Saraki’s travails since his trial began at the Code of Conduct Tribunal that lasted for three years.
“Bukola Saraki, the Senate President is a strong political player. And he was part and parcel of those who ensured that this government came on stream in 2015,” he said on Sunday night.
“He was abandoned in the cold, he was criminalized, he was disgraced, he was ridiculed. In fact, they called him all manners of names. As soon as he got the verdict of the Supreme Court saying that his trial was no substance, he suddenly became a bride.”
Afegbua’s comments two weeks after the Supreme Court discharged him of the remaining three charges against him in the case of false declaration of assets.
Senator Saraki had filed an appeal at the apex court to challenge the ruling of the Court of Appeal which asked the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to try him on three of the 18 counts brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
But Afegbua criticised some people in the ruling party for being silent during Saraki’s travails only to reconcile him back into the party.
He added, “All the present people who are going to meet him were all sitting down maintaining some conspiratorial silence at that period. They were waiting for the sledgehammer to fall on him.”
According to Afegbua, the ruling party has failed Nigerians in addressing killings in parts of the country and unemployment.
This is because the party swept to power in 2015 promising to fix the economy, address the insecurity challenges and provide jobs for the unemployed.