President Muhammadu Buhari has distance
himself from the on-going trial of Senate
president, Bukola Saraki by the Code of
Conduct Bureau, CCB and the Code of
Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
Embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant
to the President in a statement issued on
Sunday, September 20, said third parties
should not link the president to the case
and stressed that the law does not make
provision for the “Bureau and the tribunal
to take instructions from any quarters.”
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“ As an independent institution equal to
any superior court of record, the tribunal is
set up by the constitution to determine the
issue of default, false declaration or forgery
in assets declaration. This therefore is
purely a judicial process and has nothing to
do with the presidency.
“If anyone has an axe to grind with what
they are doing, they should do it in a
judicial manner by challenging those
actions in a proper court of law. Let them
hire a good team of lawyers to prove their
“Government has no desire to persecute
anybody. The President has vowed to
respect the rule of law and this is what he
is doing by staying out of this matter. He
has said times without number that the
war against corruption has no sacred cows.
Shehu said there was no way the president
stop the trial or do anything to alter justice.
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“It is purely a judicial process, the type of
which are routinely dealt with by the CCB
and the CCT. There are many cases like
this that are going on.
“The President has sworn to an oath to
protect the constitution and will not violate
50 Nigerian senators met in the nation’s
capital, Abuja, on Saturday, September 19,
over t he recent ordeal of the senate
president, Bukola Saraki .
The emergency meeting, chaired by the
Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah,
accused a cabal in the presidency of
instigating the government institutions
Meanwhile, Saraki, has dismissed reports
and insinuations on micro blogging site,
Twitter, about the possibility of him
decamping from the APC following the
removal of the logo of the APC from his
verified twitter page.