More criticisms yesterday trailed the planned amendment by the Senate of the Act establishing the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) described the amendment as a legislative ambush capable of scuttling Senate President Bukola Saraki’s trial. In a statement, entitled: “A Dangerous Amendment” by its President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the congress said Nigerians believed that the amendment was aimed at scuttling the trial. The NLC said while the intention of the Senate might be noble and in line with their legislative function, the timing of the amendment calls to question the real intentions of the upper house.
The statement reads: “It is quite intriguing that it took the trial of the Senate President for the Senate to discover the flaws in the law(s). Putting it bluntly, despite the spirited defences by the deputy Senate president to the contrary, not a few believe that this legislative move is a desperate attempt to scuttle the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at CCT. “On our part, we do not think the privileges of the Senate President extend to exemptions from civil or criminal trials. At the moment, only the President and his deputy, the Governor and their deputies enjoy this privilege. Thus, what the Senate is trying to do is no more than a legislative ambush.”
The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) urged the Senate to halt the desecration of the upper chamber of the National Assembly with the amendment. The TMG, in a statement in Abuja yesterday by its Chairman, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, said the amendment showed the level of desperation and the despicable extent to which legislators were willing to descend.