- Senator Bukola Saraki says his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal will collapse because the case against him is weak
- Saraki says he would not negotiate the case with the executive through political means
- He however pledges his loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari
Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that the federal government’s case against him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal is weak and that he would not negotiate the case with the executive through political means.
Saraki said this in an interview with Daily Trust.
According to the president of the Senate, his loyalists were not happy about the trial.
NAIJ.com recalls that Saraki who defied his party, the All Progressives Congress to contest and win Senate leadership was arraigned by the federal government before the CCB over false asset declaration and other corruption allegations in 2015.
“When that case started, if you go by the drums at that time, that case now as far as I am concerned is almost gone,” Saraki said.
Speaking on his trial, Sarakk said: “No, no. I have never made it an issue and I do not intend to make it an issue,” Mr. Saraki said in the interview.
“The last witness that came before CCB, one by one all the questions they asked him, was this man ever invited before CCB, he said no. Is there anything in this form that he did not declare, he said no. As I said from day one, that case should never have gone to CCT. EFCC has no business taking a case to CCT. CCB is saying all these things; we don’t know anything about them.
“This is the first time that CCB will take anyone to court without first asking him to come and write a statement. This is the first time that EFCC will prosecute a case at CCT. So many things in that trial are abnormal. People who have been following that case already know that it has collapsed. So, I have no fear about it and we will not put it on the table. Certainly, we were not pleased by it, to see the head of one arm of government sent to a trial that is more political than anything else.
“That was what those senators were talking about. But for the last two years, did it stop us from working? We are carrying on, doing our best in working for people’s welfare. So, while senators are not happy, I don’t think we should misinterpret what they said. This trial cannot be the reason for any rift between the two arms of government.”
According to Saraki, his trial was politically motivated.
“This was an issue that happened 13 years ago even though they say that criminal issues have no limitation of time. Two, was the man ever invited to make a statement? If you put all these issues together, it raises suspicion that it is all political.
“But we have gone through the process, we are coming to the end of it and I am confident that Insha Allah I shall be vindicated. There was another case, of forging Senate rules and it collapsed, so I believe that in this one too the truth will come out,” he said.
Saraki however says he is loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari.
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“When President Buhari was away for two months and rumours were flying everywhere as to the real situation, President Buhari received many guests [in London] but who was the person who came out and said, ‘President Buhari is fine and is coming back home’? Tell me, who was it?
“Loyalty is not what people do in front of you. It is what they do behind your back. This propaganda is just to cause head-on collision and we know why they are doing it. When the time comes, we will tell you why they are doing it.”
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