After so many questions and inquiries the senate president Bukola Saraki has explained why he has been absent in some recent APC meetings..
A statement made by his special adviser on media and publicity Alhaji Yusuf Olaniyonu, who spoke Senate president’s itinerary on those days, which made it difficult for him to attend both meetings.
Part of the statement read: “On Monday, the Senate President was in Benin from morning till 6.15pm, attending the Senate round-table on migration and human trafficking, one of the interventions by the lawmaking body to source for legislative and policy solutions to one of the major problems plaguing the youth in our country today. “Dr. Saraki and his delegation, including senators, returned to his Abuja home at 7.45 pm, while the APC national caucus meeting was scheduled to begin by 8.00 pm on the same night.
Clearly, there was no way he could have arrived at the venue on time, especially as it would be a breach of protocol to do so at a meeting presided over by the president.
“On Tuesday when the NEC meeting was holding at the APC secretariat, the Senate president was at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) where he was fighting to clear his name as the defendant in an ongoing case. Dr. Saraki did not fix the date of the adoption of briefs by prosecution and defence lawyers. The Tribunal did, and by law, Saraki must be physically present at the Tribunal as the defendant. “It stands to reason that he cannot be in two places at once, and so he was unavoidably absent at the NEC meeting.”
Olaniyonu has advised that no one should misinterpret the reason as to why the senate president was absent at the two meetings “held at times when his whereabouts were a matter of public record.”
“I hope this clarification will halt the speculations, misinformation, misinterpretation, mischief and fake news about the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of his absence at the APC national caucus and NEC meetings.