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Osun Speaker faults Senate over CCT amendment

By Gbenga Olarinoye

Osogbo—SPEAKER of  the Osun State House of Assembly, Mr Najeem Salaam has kicked against the ongoing amendment of Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB and Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Acts, by the Senate, saying the timing was wrong and the perception  negative.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Salaam said the insensitivity displayed by the sponsor of the bills has further aggravated the conception of the people about the disposition of the National Assembly towards the anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

He charged the lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to dissociate themselves from the legislative rascality being championed by some Senators, who enjoyed confrontation with the executive.

He said: “Our party promised to be fair and just to all Nigerians irrespective of party affiliation, and the normal way to do that is to allow the course of justice to run without fair or favour. But for some Senators to come up with controversial bills that could be perceived as designed for personal interest suggests that some people are enjoying the confrontation between the National Assembly and the Executive, and any progressive-minded APC lawmaker must not be found in that mode.”

Salaam then clarified that there was no crime in sponsoring bill, but the two bills slated for amendment were crucial to the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, despite the fact that they would not have retrospective value to the case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

He added that the timing of the amendment would push Nigerians to ho


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