The Senate, after a wide consultation and series of meetings, vowed to stand with Senate President who his trial would soon begin at Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Despite the alleged false declaration of assets against embattled Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, Senate after a wide consultation and series of meetings, on Monday, vowed to stand with Senate President who his trial would soon begin at Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Supreme Court had last week ruled that Saraki’s trial should proceed at CCT after failed attempt to thwart his trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) by the Supreme Court.
In a press statement, made available to Senate correspondents in Abuja yesterday, spokesman of the Red Chamber, Senator Abdullahi Sabi, said lawmakers were solidly behind Saraki.
The statement reads, “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.
“We also noted that the decision of the Supreme Court given last Friday was on preliminary matters arising from the commencement of the trial. The trial proper is yet to begin. And since the fundamental principle in our legal system is that a defendant is deemed innocent until proven guilty, we have decided to patiently observe the proceedings until the case runs it’s full circle in the nation’s final judicial forum.
“It is on this ground that we want to state categorically that there is no basis for the call on the Senate President to resign until after the matter is decided in that final judicial forum. Such a call at this time is premature, mischievous and unwarranted.
“We therefore reiterate our support for Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki as the President of the Senate. We stand by him as he goes through the trial at the CCT where we believe he will be able to prove his innocence.
“We also call on members of the public to ignore the rantings of a few Senators who having failed to get the wish of their sponsors done on the floor of the Senate are now launching media campaign against the leadership of the Senate.
“We want members of the public to know that the Senate under Dr. Saraki has achieved stability in the legislative institution and we do not need any negative distraction at this point.
“The focus of the Senate is on the objective consideration and timely passage of the 2016 budget and we will want all Nigerians to support us as we concentrate on this important assignment.
“We also want to say that we will not make any further statement on this case until the matter has been decided in the final judicial forum.”
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