The President’s recent trip to China for a business deal has drawn the suspicion of political observers who noted that the Nigerian President travelled with a host of party members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and some head of security agencies. ..

Timi Frank, Former Deputy National Publicity of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has hinted that Barely few days after the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, declared his intention to contest for President in the 2019 General Elections, the presidency has ordered the police and a foremost anti-graft agency to arraign him in court this week over spurious charges, it was learnt on Sunday.

Citing instances where the President travelled to the UK and the police invited Saraki at the Force Headquarters to answer allegations, giving less that 24 hour notice, before sealing off his official residence with that of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Comrade Frank thinks the trip to China by the President and party chieftains, along with security heads is just another ploy to perfect another round of intimidation and cooked up charges to frustrate the Presidential ambition of the Senate President.

Frank in a statement in Abuja said the sole motive of ASO ROCK and the Adams Oshiomhole-led APC is to embarrass Saraki and frustrate his chances of being nominated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to run against Buhari during the party’s upcoming presidential primary election. Frank said: “Events of the last three years has shown that the raison d’être for President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration ferocious attacks against Saraki is based on their phobia that the President of the Senate may contest for President and defeat Buhari in 2019. “Now that their worst fears have been confirmed by the formal declaration of Saraki to contest the 2019 presidential election last week, they are once again frantically foraging for criminal charges to hang on his neck. “I have it on good authority that the fresh plot to arraign Saraki this week is the first out of the series of strategies being perfected by Buhari and his cronies at their ongoing ‘business trip’ in China.’ “Recall that in a statement on Friday, I had alerted the nation and the international community that Buhari’s APC Governors, Senators and heads of security agencies studded entourage is not in China to boost trade between both countries but to plot the removal of Saraki and how to rig the 2019 elections in favour of the APC. “Come to think of it, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, U.K. Prime Minister, Theresa May and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, all came to Nigeria with a retinue of captains of industries and highly reputed Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of thriving business organizations to prospect for trade and investment opportunities in Nigeria, but Buhari is in China with his wife, an armada of APC politicians and heads of security agencies to plot judicial and extra-judicial measures against the leaders of opposition political parties in the country and how to compromise the 2019 general elections,” Frank declared. He added: “Recall that I have continued to cry out against the unmitigated intimidation, harassment, persecution, intolerance, vilification, arrests and kangaroo trial being unleashed against those opposed to Buhari’s re-election bid – to the exclusion of his key allies with corruption allegations against them. “The SATURDAY PUNCH had vindicated me when it chronicled at least eight politicians – there are much more – working for the re-election Buhari in the February 2019 election that have pending corruption cases worth N232billion. Unfortunately, some of the names listed by THE PUNCH are with Mr. President in China as I write,” he declared. The former APC chieftain however called on Nigerians and members of the international community not to be deceived by the fresh charges being concocted by the Presidency against Saraki.

Article partly sourced from Vanguard

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