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The Bukola Saraki Ordeal – My Exact Thoughts

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Bukola-SarakiEven without corruption charges, the embattled Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki ought to be shown the corridor leading to the exit door out of

the Senate presidency. This is for the fact that he hasn’t only severally disobeyed the APC on which platform he came to the upper chamber of the National Assembly, he also has been more loyal to the opposition PDP. 

Saraki [above], a former member of the defunct new PDP (nPDP) that ultimately pitched tent with the APC ahead of the 2015 general elections, in defiance of APC directives and against the doctrine of party supremacy maneuvered his way into the senate presidency.

As if this wasn’t enough, the recalcitrant Saraki has since then been treating all correspondences from the APC with utter disaffection. While this may be forgiven as a way of politicking, Saraki went out of political commonsense by facilitating the ascension of Ike Ekweremadu of the PDP, who even the most politically unaware knows was a major part of a whole among those who brought Nigeria to the tripod-stand, as his Deputy.

Only a self-centered politician can go into such unholy arrangement that will finally see the likes of Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate president in the present dispensation that Nigerians made sacrifices to bring on board. 

By this single act therefore, he demonstrated in strong terms that Bukola Saraki`s becoming senate president is more important than the fate of the rest of us as no Jupiter on earth can deny that by that unholy act Saraki took us so many steps backwards in our collective pursuit for a better Nigeria.

Today, after over hundred days in office and with nothing to show as even signs of good things to come at the upper chamber of the National Assembly and also after all attempts to escape the face of justice, distinguished Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki is taking himself to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to answer questions on 13-count charges which include among others allegation of false declaration of assets he did while he held sway as governor of Kwara state years back.

Meanwhile, as Saraki surrenders self to the CCT, a heated debate is ongoing at the nation`s commentariat as regards the actual cause of his ordeal. In some quarters it is believed it was all political. Holders of this opinion are of the conviction that because the embattled senate leader stepped on so many toes including that of the APC (and by extension President Buhari and Tinubu) ever since he maneuvered his way to the senate presidency, the gods of politics have curse him and the politicians are about to settle scores with him.

For the APC and Tinubu, it isn’t yet clear as to whether or not they have hands in the matter. There is no evidence to deny this just as there is no proof to confirm it. For Buhari, it is only too obvious that the presidency has no hands in the Saraki ordeal. For had it been it has, matters would have been quite different from what they are. It was to clarify matters that presidential media aide Garba Shehu issued a statement last Sunday evening dissociating President Muhammadu Buhari from the travails Senate President Bukola Saraki is currently facing.

In other quarters however, it is felt that Saraki`s travails have nothing to do with politics –the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) did its job well though lately and consequently saw the need for Senate President Bukola Saraki to appear at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to answer questions on 13-count charges which include among others alleged false declaration of assets he did while he held sway as governor of Kwara state years back. 

And now that the CCT is asking of him, holders of this opinion believe, Saraki should appear before it.

However, looking at these dispositions from an aerial point of perspective, one thing is conspicuous – no one is contemplating Saraki`s corrupt tendencies. Therefore, what is important at this point in time is he should present himself to the CCT as he promised, late yesterday, to do today. 

This is to give room for the tribunal to dispense justice and bring a logical end to this brouhaha.

Jarmajo is on Twitter: @mukhtarjarmajo


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