Saraki: ‘It is not an APC issue at all’ – Gbajabiamila

Saraki: ‘It is not an APC issue at all’ – Gbajabiamila

By Ephraim Adiele | Associate Editor on October 22, 2015
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Femi Falana, Femi Gbajabiamila
Femi Gbajabiamila

Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has enthused that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had nothing to do with the ongoing Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after leading a delegation of House members to a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, October 22, 2015, Gbajabiamila also denied that there was any current leadership row in the National Assembly.

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He said: “Everything that has a beginning has an end. I don’t think and I don’t know if there is any leadership crisis in the National Assembly.

“I am not sure at what you are alluding to; I am not in the Senate. But the little I understand is that there is an issue involving the Senate President. That has nothing to do with the APC.

“That has to do with the issue of law and I am sure the Senate President is being represented and he will have his day in court.

“If the matter comes up, I don’t think it is an APC issue; it is not an APC issue at all. There is no crisis, not in the House.”

When quizzed on the reported political solution to Saraki’s trial, Gbajabiamila said since it was a legal matter, he did not believe it could be resolved politically.

He said: “It would be handled by members of the House. The correct thing is that justice is done, equity is done and once that is done, then there is not going to be a problem.”

He also availed that his visit to President Buhari was in relation to budget matters.

His words: “This is just a routine visit to Mr. president; one arm of govt visiting another arm.

“You know the important role of the House, I being in charge of government business in the House, we discussed the issue of budget and a few other House keeping matters to further cement the relationship between the House and the President.

“Absolutely, we understand the logic of the zero budget. Unlike the envelope budget system, which had issues under the best circumstances. Zero budget where everything starts from scratch, they have to justify every penny.

“It is part of the government efforts to block leakages and the House is in firm support.”

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