By Bamidele Moses, Osogbo.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, Dr Bashir Ajibola has expressed resentment at the attempt by the senate to amend the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and Administration of Criminal Justice Act saying it is unnecessary.
Ajibola who was former Commissioner for Special Duties and Regional Integration under Governor Rauf Aregbesola condemned the attempt by the Senate to amend the Code of Conduct Tribunal Act and Administration of Criminal Justice Act describing the moves as act of legislative rascality.
A statement issued and signed by his media aide, Yinka Diamond said the bill for an Act to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau, which hastily passed for second reading and transferred to a committee of the senate for consideration, was sponsored by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi from Abia State.
According to him, “It is a shame that the senate as led by Bukola Saraki would stoop so low to such nefarious bill to get to committee level. This clearly shows that the current corruption infested senate leadership is only interested in circumventing due
process of law for selfish interest. It is indeed sacrilegious and collective insult on the psyche of Nigerians.
“It is an abuse of legislative powers, height of insensitivity and politically insensitive for such amendments to have even been conceived and deliberated upon, particularly in a representative democratic society governed by rule of law.”
“This is a disgraceful misconduct by the generality of the members of the upper chamber in support of this heinous act, particularly to those elected on the change mantra of our political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
“It is saddening; to say the least, that while deserving bills have been left unattended to by our self-serving legislators, they have fast tracked the consideration of these obnoxious amendments.
Nigerians who gave them the mandate are probably regretting now since they prefer to use their legislative power to encourage impunity and lead onslaught against the anti-corruption crusade of the presidency widely accepted by Nigerians”
“The proposed amendment amounts to legislative rascality, assault on the anti-corruption crusade of the government and should be condemn in strong terms by all conscientious Nigerians.
”Rather than initiating a process of legislation that promotes good governance, transparency, accountability and public order, the senate is busy legislating to encourage corruption and impunity, serving as a shield to advance personal agendas.
He therefore charged Nigerians to resist this dishonourable move by the leadership of the senate and their acolytes.