Saraki Approaches Tinubu, Buhari Over CCT Trial


Following the Supreme Court judgment on the trial of Senator Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, PUNCH gathered that the Senate president has made various moves to get President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on the matter.

The Supreme Court, February 5 ruled that Saraki’s trial should continue at the CCT on 13 counts of false asset declaration.

A top government source, said Saraki could not reach out directly to Buhari on the matter because he knew the President’s disposition to such issues and decided to send emissaries to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo when Buhari was on a five-day vacation and Osinbajo was the acting President.

The delegation was reportedly led by the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume.

The source said the Vice-President made his position and that of the President clear to Saraki’s emissaries.

He said, “Saraki knows the kind of person the President is and I think he won’t approach him directly on this matter. But yes, I can tell you that he is reaching out indirectly.”

For Tinubu, it was gathered that Saraki sought the help of 10 leaders and clerics to visit the APC leader at his home in Bourdillon, Ikoyi, Lagos.

It will be recalled that the former governor of Lagos State subsequently broke all communication with Saraki, describing him in an open letter as an ‘indisciplined and disloyal man who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party in soul’, when he defied the directive of the APC and became the Senate President under controversial circumstances.

Another reliable source told PUNCH that Tinubu was not interested in Saraki’s latest peace moves.

He said, “Access from Saraki’s camp has been blocked. Tinubu has been disappointed in every way. It was the party that picked Ahmed Lawan. He was not Tinubu’s initial candidate but he did it all the same.

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