Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has condemned the siege on the homes of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, by security personnel.

Atiku speaking through a statement issued by his media office stressed that the ruling All Progressives Congress benefited from the defection of Saraki and other politicians from the Peoples Democratic Party who defected to APC in 2013.

He said: “I also remind them that their electoral victory, which they have so badly mismanaged today, would not have been possible without the Senate President.

“Power is transient and is also a trust that should only be used for the good and advancement of the people one leads and not for the persecution of real and imagined political opponents.

“I therefore call for the lifting of the sieges on the persons and homes of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, by security forces.

“I remind President Muhammadu Buhari of his public words of solidarity to Senator Saraki after his ordeal of malicious prosecution, which thankfully was brought to a halt by the Supreme Court and I urge him to live up to those words today and always.”

The former VP, who had declared interest to run for presidency under the PDP,  maintained that the use of security agents for intimidation is unsettling; adding that no democratic nation ought to treat the leadership of its parliament like common criminals in the course of a political disagreement.