A showdown is imminent between the Presidency and the Senate following a failed attempt by Senate President Bukola Saraki to stop his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), DailySun reports.
The Supreme Court last Friday threw out Saraki’s appeal to stop his prosecution over alleged false assets declaration. The lawmakers have resolved to throw their weight behind Saraki.
According to DailySun, the Senate may soon launch a full-scale war against the Presidency and certain people in the All Progressives Congress (APC), who they persistently accused of masterminding Saraki’s travails.
Saraki is currently facing a 13- count charge of alleged corruption and false declaration of assets. Specifically, he was accused of deliberately manipulating the assets’s declaration form that he filed prior to his assumption of office as the Senate President, by making anticipatory declaration of assets.
Last Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that the CCT’s case against Saraki should go on. The court ruled that the tribunal was properly constituted to exercise jurisdiction over the trial.
However, the Senate is not ready to dump its embattled president. In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, spokesman of the Red Chamber, Senator Abdullahi Sabi, said lawmakers were solidly behind Saraki. He lampooned some Senators who have been calling for his resignation.
In the statement, Senator Sabi, who claimed that he was speaking on behalf of the Senate, said: Following a meeting held in Abuja on Sunday by some Senators and the wide consultations with our colleagues in which we reviewed last Friday’s decision of the Supreme Court in the appeal on the preliminary matters filed by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on the charges filed against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), we hereby resolve that from the beginning of the trial last September, we have declared that this case is not about any fight against corruption. It is simply a case of political vendetta. Our position remains the same. We still believe that the case is politically-motivated.”