Frankly Speaking With Jola Sotubo Saraki has become a volunteer victim

The Senate President wants us to believe that the Executive and the Judiciary have connived against him for no reason and that he is the victim of a grand conspiracy.

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki is throwing a grand pity party.

In fact, Saraki has been throwing this particular party since he was charged with asset declaration fraud by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in September 2015.

The Senate President wants us to believe that the Executive and the Judiciary have connived against him for no reason and that he is the victim of a grand conspiracy.

Saraki first gave this hint when he said that his trial was the work of powerful individuals who were unhappy at his emergence as Senate President.

“Distinguished Senators, I believe you have all followed with keen interest, my trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal,” Saraki said on Tuesday, September 29.

“…I wish to reiterate my remarks before the Tribunal, that I have no iota of doubt that I am on trial today because I am the president of the Nigerian Senate, against the wishes of some powerful individuals outside this Chambers,” he added.

“It is not a fight against corruption, it is more about being persecuted. The charges have nothing to do with corruption or money being stolen anywhere and that is why at the end of the day, I will have my day in court. Because it is not about corruption,” Saraki said in reference to the charges on February 26, 2016 while attending the Social Media Week in Lagos.

Saraki once again made a reference to these mysterious “powerful people” on Monday, June 27, 2016, after the commencement of his trial on charges of forgery.

“This is a cross I am prepared to carry. If yielding to the nefarious agenda of a few individuals who are bent in undermining our democracy and destabilising the Federal government to satisfy their selfish interests is the alternative to losing my personal freedom, let the doors of jails be thrown open and I shall be a happy guest,” he said.

The Senate President is alleged to have connived with his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and two others to forge the 2015 Senate Standing Rules.

Saraki has also managed to indoctrinate Ekweremadu with the victim mentality as the latter claims that his boss is the ‘most persecuted politician in Nigeria’.

“Mr Senate President…I commend your resilience despite the fact that you were the most persecuted, being buffeted from all directions,” Ekweremadu said on June 9, 2016, the first anniversary of the 8th Senate.

Saraki wants Nigerians to feel sorry for him, but he is yet to address the real issues.

Did Saraki lie on his asset declaration forms? Did he acquire property abroad and maintain foreign accounts while in office as governor? Did he forge the Senate Standing Rules? The Senate President has failed to give convincing answers to these questions, instead he, his senator brothers and his gang of lawyers have taken to playing hanky-panky and wasting valuable time.

Saraki must be mistaken if he expects Nigerians to sympathize with him. Did he sympathize with the suffering masses when he was buying cars worth N330 million for his own personal use in this struggling economy? Did he consider the feelings of Nigerians when he sent his mouthpiece to tell us that having N12 million in cash in a home he wasn’t even living in was no big deal?

The Senate President doesn’t care about Nigerians, he only cares about saving his own hide, so he should spare us the pro-democracy façade because nobody is buying it.

Saraki needs to stop whining and stop trying to dodge justice. Instead, he should prove his innocence to the courts and stop pointing fingers at imaginary figures that are only figments of his troubled imagination.

If there are indeed powerful people after Saraki, he should name them. If he can't do that, he should please do us a favour and keep quiet.

Is Saraki being persecuted?»

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