…No harmony between legislature, executive, says Sen. Adamu
By Lawrence Olaoye
The leadership of the National Assembly yesterday met President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors over alleged plot by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to implicate the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in a murder charge.
The Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, had earlier told newsmen that they came to confer with the President on how to smoothen the working relationship between the legislature and the executive.
But, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, who spoke to Hausa reporters as translated said they came because of the alarm raised by the Senate President on a plot to implicate him and his state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, by suspected hoodlums.
Adamu said “The Senate President made some comments to the effect that he received a call from his governor, Abdulfatah, that some persons, suspected to be cultists who are undergoing investigation in Ilorin, Kwara state will be transferred to Abuja and it is becoming a problem that is why the governor intimated him.
That is why it was decided that we should come, as leaders in the Assembly to hear what is going on and if anything can be done about it.”
Asked why Police are not being allowed to perform their duties, the lawmaker said
“That cannot stop us from coming to see the president on the matter and to hear from him if you really know what has been happening at the Assembly. If there is a harmonious working relationship the executive and legislature and even the judiciary all these type of things will not come up and even if they do come, not in the way they are coming up now.
A small matter is often overblown and it becomes a problem for everybody. This is the result of some unnecessary utterances because things are not going as expected. So long as suspicion and accusations continue to exist within the minds of some people who ordinarily shouldn’t have them , these things will continue.”
Asked whether the whole matter was not about politics, Adamu said, “Of course it is. You don’t need to be told, it is surely politics. A senior Police officer in Kwara had stated that the name of the Senate president was not mentioned and if that is the case, there is no need for all these emissaries but since we have decided that a team should come, we have come to hear from the president and he listened to us.”
He however said he would not reveal the President’s response.
In the delegation were Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, Abdullahi Adamu, the Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Abiodun Olujinmi, Senator Sam Egwu, Fatimat Raji-Rasaki.