Saraki ‘Senate President’s trial is an attempt to make him look bad’ Senators say

Saraki, whose trial started on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, is facing charges of asset declaration fraud before the CCT.

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A group of Senators in support of Senate President, Bukola Saraki have said that his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in an attempt to make him look bad.

Saraki, whose trial started on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, is facing charges of asset declaration fraud before the CCT.

The pro-Saraki senators made their position known on Wednesday, April 6, while speaking with journalists on the premises of the CCT in Abuja.

"We have since discovered that the trial of the senate president is a mere attempt to blackmail him and make him look bad in the court of public opinion. No more, no less,” Senator Ibrahim Abdulrafiu, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said.

A dispassionate analysis of the proceeding of the CCT yesterday has pointed to the fact that the APC-led executive is still embittered against Dr Saraki over the manner of his election as the senate president.‎

“This is why we are standing for the senate president and we will so do till the very end. We are doing this not for him but for the institution of the senate that he imminently represents. We will never allow any arm of government to rubbish the cherished autonomy of the senate.‎‎

“For those calling for the impeachment of the senate president, we urge them to avail themselves of the provisions of the law relating to such a sensitive step. As far as we are concerned, there is nothing like that on the table, and if anybody is trying to import that from the outside of the Senate, God helps them.

“All I know is that they will have to produce as many as a 100 senators to achieve that aim. As long as they don’t have the majority, the call is a tall dream that will remain a figment of the imagination of the groups and their sponsors," he added.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has also accused Saraki of continuing to collect a salary from the Kwara State Government despite leaving the office of governor in 2011.

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