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Offa robbery: Oyedepo, Buhari speak on Saraki stepping down as Senate president

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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.
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. ”

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