By Emmanuel Aziken & Inalegwu Shaibu
Abuja â€” The Senate, yesterday, appraised the conduct of the political class and declared that corruption among politicians could not in any way be compared with the spread of vice among bankers.
Senate spokesman, Senator Ayogu Eze, reacting to what he claimed as unwarranted attacks against politicians said the Senate was itself hindered in its fight against corruption by constitutional provisions just as he charged voters to protect their votes from the polling booths to the collation centers.
Affirming the Senateâ€™s distaste for corruption, Senator Eze said the Senate would any time readily throw out any one of its members proved to have soiled his or her hands in corrupt deeds.
Eze who spoke at a press conference in the National Assembly complex, however, pooh-poohed questions as to the size of Senators’ allowances and the readiness of the Senate to take the ultimate sanction of impeachment against officials of the executive arm indicted on corrupt charges.
He also rebuffed questions on the Senate probe of the transportation sector which reportedly indicted top political figures of the immediate past regime on account of the fact that the report was yet to be debated by the Senate.
According to him, â€œOne thing you people will notice is that if you do content analysis of all the people that have been indicted in the bank probe, politicians did not constitute up to one per cent.
“Nigerians have not understood that the problem of this country is a collective one and that if we talk about corruption, corruption is not an exclusive thing of politicians,â€ Senator Eze saidÂ and dismissed what he described as erroneous claims that â€œcorruption is the preserve or the exclusive pastime of politicians.
â€œWe have seen from evenÂ the power sector probe, the aviation probe, we have seen from all the investigations that the scourge of corruption in the country is not a problem either created by politicians or sponsored by politicians, it is a problem that all Nigerians must purge themselves of,â€ he said.