We can’t wade into criminal cases at National Assembly — Bauchi Gov
Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State said yesterday that the APC governors will not interfere in cases involving the National Assembly that are being tried at the courts.
He, however, admitted that the APC-led governments at the federal and state levels were passing through “teething problems.”
Governor Abubakar said efforts were on by the presidency and governors of the ruling APC to address the issues.
There are suggestions that the recent visit by APC governors to President Muhammadu Buhari was toward resolving an impasse between the Presidency, the APC and the National Assembly, occasioned by the trial of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
Other issues include the counter accusations in regards to budget padding at both the Senate and the House of Representatives which, to greater extent, affected the image of the ruling party.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the governor said: “The APC came to power recently from an opposition and I must confess that we’re experiencing teething problems. I cannot say that things are going smoothly and that’s why we paid a visit to Mr. President.
“We expressed the need for governors to be called upon to delve into the problems with a view to reinvigorating the party so that it can continue performing the functions of a party in power.”
When asked what aspect of the National Assembly crisis the APC governors were delving into, Governor Abubakar said, “I assure you that we’re not going to tamper with cases that are before the courts or tribunal. And we are not going to delve into the issues of the moment. We’re only going to touch on the political issues pertaining to the National Assembly.
“What is before the courts, those of us who are lawyers, we know, and we cannot touch them. As far as I am concerned, if any proof is found against anybody… these are criminal offences, so, there is no way any committee of governors can delve into that, I assure you,” he said.