- Senate President Bukola Saraki said his vindication today calls for celebration
- Saraki also thanked all friends and supporters in Kwara state and across the length and breadth of the country
- The Senate president at the same time expressed his gratitude to all members of his legal team for their tireless efforts
Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wedesday, June 15, said that he has forgiven those that played a part in his trial at Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Saraki made this known in statement saying he bore no grudge against anyone over his trial, The Nation reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Senate president said he had strengthened his faith in the judiciary.
The statement reads: ''I thank the Almighty Allah, the ultimate Judge and the repository of all powers. He alone has brought about this victory.
''I am immensely grateful to all my colleagues in the National Assembly for their abiding support.
''All through my trial, they demonstrated their strong conviction about the choice we all decided to make two years ago. I thank members of my family for their unflinching support.
''I thank all friends and supporters back home in Kwara state and across the length and breadth of our country for their prayers and their sacrifices.
''My gratitude also goes to all members of my legal team for their tireless efforts to ensure the cause of justice is served.
''After undergoing the crucible of a tortuous trial, my vindication today calls for celebration.
''It is my belief however that if there should be any celebration at all, it should be a celebration of the hopes that this judgment gives us as citizens that despite all the challenges that we face as a country, we are well on our way to building a country where the innocent needs not be afraid.
''I therefore urge all my supporters to refrain from any unbridled triumphalism. The challenges that our country faces today are enormous and do not allow for wanton celebration.
''Instead, we should all reflect on the significance of this moment and what it meant for our democracy.
''On a personal note, I harbour no grudge against anyone, regardless of the role they might have played.
''I believe that If my trial had in anyway given hope to the common man that no matter the forces arraigned against him, he can still get justice in our courts, then my tribulation had not been in vain.
''Once again, I thank my colleagues in the Eighth Senate for standing firm. Regardless of the distraction of my trial, we have achieved more as legislators than the previous Senates. Now that this distraction is over, we can even achieve so much more.
''We must now proceed from here with greater vigour to deliver on the expectations of Nigerians and show that this Eighth Senate can indeed play a central role in improving the quality of lives of our people.
''Lastly, I thank all the gentlemen of the press for your abiding interest in this case, which I believe had contributed in no small measure in ensuring that truth and reason ultimately prevailed.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the presidency had described the Code of Conduct Tribunal’s upholding of the no-case submission of Senate president, Bukola Saraki as outrageous and travesty of justice.
Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla who is the special assistant to the president on prosecution wondered why in spite of the overwhelming evidence against Saraki, the CCT still acquitted him.