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JUST IN: Police Invitation a Ploy to Stop Us from Dumping APC - Saraki

Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu 

Senate President Bukola Saraki has reacted to the invitation by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris asking him (Saraki) to report to the Force Intelligence Response Team for further interrogation over alleged links to the masterminds of the Offa bank robbery.

The IG in a letter dated July 23 addressed to Saraki, asked him to report to the police on Tuesday (Today) at 8am to provide further clarification on his relationship with the five leaders of the robbery gang.

But in response to the invitation, Saraki said the latest move was a ploy to stop some Senators and House of Representatives members from defecting from the All Progressives Congress.

"I have been reliably informed that the police invitation was planned by the IG as a ploy to stop an alleged plan by some Senators and House of Representatives members from defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC). It was also said that if I was detained between Tuesday and Wednesday, that will abort the so-called defection plan", Mr. Saraki said.

He vowed that no amount of 'concoctions and evil plots' can deter him from taking a decision about 2019 elections that is favourable to the vast majority of Nigerians and his teeming supporters.

"While I continue to maintain that the issue of my position on the 2019 elections is not a personal decision for me alone to make, it should be noted that all these concoctions and evil plots cannot deter me. Those behind this fresh assault will fail as I have nothing to do with the robbery incident or any criminal matter for that matter.

"I am aware that following a request made by the Police on June 13, 2018 to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Federation had written a legal advice dated June 22, 2018, in which he stated on page 5, paragraph (f) that "For the Senate President and the Kwara State Governor, this office is unable to establish from the evidence in the interim report a nexus between the alleged office and the suspects.”

He blasted the police for what he described as obviously corrupted and politicized their investigations into the Offa robbery incident.

"The Police have obviously corrupted and politicized their investigations into the Offa robbery incident. They have turned it into an instrument for the party in power to suppress perceived opponents, witch hunt issue for blackmailing people from freely choosing which platform on which they want to pursue their ambitions and a matter for harassing the people whose exit from APC would harm the chances of the party in the forthcoming elections.

"I want to make it apparent that I have no hand in either the robbery incident or any criminal acitivity. The Police in their haste to embarrass me sent the invitation to me at 8pm and requested that I report to the station by 8am tomorrow morning. This obviously demonstrated their desperation as I do not see why they are now in a hurry.

"They also stated in today's letter that because in my response of June 7, 2018 to their own letter written on June 4, 2018, I stated that I was responding simply to the contents of the letter and that the full text of the statement made by the arrested suspects which they claimed indicted me was not made available to me, they were now including the suspects statements in the current letter. Yet, instead of including the suspects' statements, they only attached two copies of my own letter to the invitation. No suspects statement was made available.

"This plot aimed at compelling me and my associates to stay in a party where members are criminalised without just cause, where injustice is perpetrated at the highest level and where there is no respect for constitutionalism is an exercise in futility and it will fail", Mr. Saraki wrote in a statement he personally signed.

The police invitation is coming after reports emerged last week that President Mohammadu Buhari had during a meeting with Mr. Saraki pleaded with the Senate President not to leave the All Progressives Congress, APC. Saraki has however refuted the reports, saying his political future is still undecided.

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