We can’t wade into crim­i­nal cases at Na­tional As­sem­bly — Bauchi Gov

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Hamza Idris

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.

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