The Spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State, Chief Iyiola Oyedepo and that of the the Peoples Democratic Party, Sulyman Buhari have dismissed calls for the Senate President Bukola Saraki to step down from his office pending the conclusion of investigation on the Offa robbery incident.
Some cultural and socio-political groups in Kwara State had on Friday demanded that Saraki should step down as the Senate President until investigation into the robbery is concluded.
But Punch quoted Oyedepo and Buhari, as saying that there was no need for Saraki to step down from his position yet.
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The APC spokesperson, however , said since the Senate President has not been convicted by any court , it was premature to call on him to either resign or step aside.
He said, “Saraki has not been found guilty by any court with regards to the Offa robbery . Though the police have mentioned his name as having some
gray areas to clear , but that does not mean that he has been proved guilty .
“The call for his resignation will be weighty when he has been convicted by a court . In that case , he will have no choice but to resign. ”
On his part, Buhari said, “The call for the Senate President to resign or step aside is baseless and unfounded. Has he been convicted by any court in
respect of the Offa robbery?
“It is a mere allegation which has not been proved and we know the Senate President will be vindicated at last because he is a man of peace.
“He abhors violence and cannot involve himself in the sponsorship or encouragement of bank robbery and killing of innocent people. He does not sponsor thugs and encourage thuggery. ”