Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, and Ike Ekweremadu, his deputy, have accused the Presidency of attempting to implicate him as the masterminds of the blockade of the National Assembly on Tuesday by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS.
The two Senate leaders made this claim in a joint statement signed by their spokespersons, Yusuph Olaniyonu, and Uche Anichukwu.
According to them, the investigation carried out by Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, is purportedly aimed at naming all lawmakers under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the sponsors of the blockade.
Saraki and Ekweremadu also alleged the Presidency of not revealing the true reason for the blockade, stating that they had perfected plans with Senators of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to impeach the Senate leadership on that fateful day.
The statement read, “They want to shield the fact that the previous night before the invasion and up till the early hours of Tuesday, there was a meeting of the All Progressives Congress senators.
“And that the plan was for them to be moved in a Coaster bus into the National Assembly complex to purportedly remove us and select a new Senate President and Deputy Senate President.
“Their plot only failed because the media, particularly social media, Nigerians and international community responded very swiftly, as some legislators who came into the complex were refused entry by gun-wielding and hooded security operatives.”
Noting that “they want to turn the facts and blame us for their botched plot against democracy”, Saraki and Ekweremadu rejected the outcome of the Police investigation.
They insisted that the matter must be investigated by an independent judicial commission, as earlier stated in their initial reaction to the blockade.
“We hereby reiterate our earlier position that the coup against democracy as shown by last week’s invasion must be probed through an independent judicial commission of inquiry which will produce a comprehensive report.
“We reject any manipulated and fabricated investigation”, the statement added.