The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has said that the ruling party will not interfere in the forgery case brought against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
Odigie-Oyegun said on Saturday that the party cannot interfere in judicial matters.
He noted that the APC has sworn to uphold the rule of law, to work above standard and avoid people or groups that will bring the party to disrepute.
“I really don’t have anything to tell say on this matter but like I said several times before, as a party, we don’t interfere with judicial matters.”
Saraki is a member of the ruling party and the recent criminal case filed against him by the federal government of Nigeria has pitted members of the National Assembly against the Presidency.
Speaking on the issue, a source within the APC told Punch that, “I am afraid the time for a political solution has passed, the matter has gone to court.”
“This issue is no longer within the purview of the party. If you remember, before this whole thing started, the party tried to ensure that things went on smoothly. If things were done properly, there would have been no need for anyone to forge any document as alleged.”
“The issue of this alleged forgery was not there then. But now, the case of forgery, which is a criminal offence, is there, so, you can’t be talking of a political solution at this stage. You can’t even suggest that kind of thing to the President.”
“If you remember, under President (Olusegun) Obasanjo, a Senate President resigned based on an allegation of corruption, did it stop his prosecution?”
Saraki and Ekweremadu would be arraigned before a federal High Court on Monday.