“It is not a fight against corruption, it is more about being persecuted,” the Senate President said when he was asked by Declan Galvin of Sahara Reporters why he had refused to resign.

“We are public servants and you must fill your asset declaration form when you get in office and I did mine 13 years ago.

“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.

“I don’t understand how the same organisation that cleared my asset declaration to be proper in 2004, 2009 and 2011 can suddenly wake up and say that my record is faulted,” he added.

Saraki had earlier said that his trial was the handiwork of powerful people who were unhappy with his emergence as Senate President.

Meanwhile, Saraki has reportedly beggedAll Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu for forgiveness after he forcefully contested for the position of Senate President despite being expressly excluded by the party.