Osinbajo under fire as Presidency, nPDP talks collapse

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is not under fire from the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc in the ruling All Progressives Congress for allegedly twisting facts tables at their last meeting and leaking same to a national newspaper.

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (extreme right) and members.of nPDP during their meeting on May 28, 2018 in Abuja

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The newspaper had reported that.one.of the demands tabled by the nPDP was for the ongoing trial of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal should be dropped.

However, Saraki strongly denounced the report, saying that he was confident of winning at the tribunal again like he did the first time.

On Monday, nPDP leader, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, accused Osinbajo of being the source of the story, noting that the Presidency had not acted in good faith.

It accused the Presidency of being behind the ear declared on Saraki by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Director-General Department for State Services, Mamman Daura.

The police had recently tried to link Saraki to gunrunning as well as the sponsorship of some suspects in.the April 5, 2018 Offa bank robbery.

The bloc also condemned “in strong terms” the attempt by the police to frame up Saraki and Kwara State Governor, Abdul Fatah Ahmed, in the Offa robbery.

Daura for his part withdrew hakf.of the secret service guards attached to Saraki; his deputy, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and the deputy speaker, Yusuf Lasun.

He also accused the Presidency of putting the lives of nPDP members in danger.

Top nPDP members include Saraki; Dogara, some serving and former governors, federal lawmakers and ministers ad well as influential politicians.

Baraje accused the Presidency of seeking to force the bloc to do its bidding instead of being committed to negotiations.

He said it was strange that few hours after the last meeting on May 28, 2018, news went out that certain demands were made at the meeting, noting that such tales existed in the imagination of the sponsors.

The statement added: “Similarly, on Saturday, June 2nd, the Department of State of Services (DSS) also suddenly withdrew more than half of all the security details attached to the presiding officers of the National Assembly under questionable circumstances.

“We were alarmed that immediately after our meeting with the Vice President last week, the presidency misrepresented what transpired at the meeting by trying to blackmail some of the principal actors involved in the discussions in a national daily.

“Similarly, the leadership of the party (APC) went ahead to ratify all the Congresses from ward, local governments, states and zonal where many of our members have complaints, effectively presenting us with a fait accompli.

“The persecution of our members using state security apparatus has continued unabated. We recognize the powers of the Police to conduct criminal investigations, but by rushing to the public with the issue even when they have unfettered access to the leadership of the National Assembly suggest anattempt to undermine, caricature and humiliate the institution of the legislature.

“It appears that there is a fouled and toxic atmosphere and environment of intimidation and threat to life in which we now find ourselves which may no longer be conducive for members of the former nPDP to continue with the talks.”

 

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