– Senate term the call for Mr Saraki’s resignation as premature, mischievous and unwarranted
– The senate said its focus is on the objective consideration and timely passage of the 2016 budget
Saraki’s corruption trial is political vendetta, Nigerian Senate says
The Nigerian senate has reiterated that it will not move from its position concerning the trial of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki by Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The senate, in a statement signed by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, chairman senate committee on media and public affairs, maintained that Mr Saraki’s case is not about any fight against corruption but a case of political vendetta.
“Our position remains the same. We still believe that the case is politically motivated. We also noted that the decision of the Supreme Court given last Friday was on preliminary matters arising from the commencement of the trial. The trial proper is yet to begin. And since the fundamental principle in our legal system is that a defendant is deemed innocent until proven guilty, we have decided to patiently observe the proceedings until the case runs its full circle in the nation’s final judicial forum.”
The senators said there is no basis for the call on the Senate President to resign until after the matter is decided in that final judicial forum. The senate term the call for Mr Saraki’s resignation as premature, mischievous and unwarranted.
“We therefore reiterate our support for Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki as the President of the Senate. We stand by him as he goes through the trial at the CCT where we believe he will be able to prove his innocence.
“We also call on members of the public to ignore the rantings of a few Senators who having failed to get the wish of their sponsors done on the floor of the Senate are now launching media campaign against the leadership of the Senate.
“We want members of the public to know that the Senate under Dr. Saraki has achieved stability in the legislative institution and we do not need any negative distraction at this point.”
The senate said its focus is on the objective consideration and timely passage of the 2016 budget.
Meanwhile, human rights lawyer Femi Falana has called for the resignation of Senate President Bukola Saraki, stressing that the resignation is vital to save the face of Nigeria’s legislature.
Making the call on Saturday, February 6, Falana asked the Senate president to resign his position in order to preserve the integrity of the National Assembly.