Emerging report emanating from the stable of a controversial online portal, Sahara Reporters, has revealed that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has been caught in a major Legislative scandal.
The scandal came on the heels of the Saraki-led Senate’s threat to probe the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, if the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chairman, declines to halt the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye.
Recall, that from 2007 to 2012, INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, served as the TETFund Executive Secretary.
His time at the Fund as speculated, was marked by a series of allegations of corruption against him.
“It is not an accident, that once the Senate threatened to investigate TETFund, Professor Mahmood Yakubu’s INEC quickly retreated from the ongoing effort to recall Senator Dino Melaye”, a Senate source told Sahara Reporters.
A Senator, further told Sahara Reporters, that Saraki and other Senate leaders, met and decided that in order to stop the recall, “some rough tactics must be adopted.”
At the end of the meeting, the Senators decided that the most potentially effective strategy, was to open a probe into TETFund’s past projects, alleging that Contractors had stolen funds there, in the past.
Jibrin Barau, an All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator from Kano State, moved a motion, demanding a probe of TETFund.
He said that “investigative audit” was required of the contracts awarded by TETFund, in the past years.
Twenty-four hours after the Senate’s move, INEC met and decided to suspend the recall, citing court order.
Also, an INEC official revealed that the attempt by Kogi voters to recall Melaye, “has been sacrificed on the altar of Professor Yakubu’s desire to protect himself and his associates, from a probe of TETFund.”