- The Senate President has said that the plan to appeal the Code of Conduct Tribunal ruling on his case by the federal government will be useless
- Saraki said he is not moved by FG new plan against him
- He said the appeal against the recent CCT ruling is another media trial without substance
The Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that the recent move by the federal government to appeal the Code of Conduct judgement on his false asset declaration case will be useless.
In a statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his special adviser on media and publicity, Saraki said he is "unperturbed" by the FG's position on his CCT trial judgement.
He also said he is confident that the ruling of the higher court will not be anything different from the judgement given by the CCT.
"Anybody who has been following the proceedings and the evidence given by the prosecution witnesses during examination in chief and cross examination should know that if presented before any court of Justice and law, the same outcome as in the CCT would be arrived at.
Those who are running commentary on the ruling by the Tribunal and criticizing it are those who are not even familiar with the case and the details coming out of the trial," Olaniyonu said.
Olaniyonu added that Saraki is only worried about reason behind the desperate effort by some people in government to pull him down.
"That is why they sponsored stories of allegation of bribery in an online publication against the Tribunal judges.
"The Senate President seizes this opportunity to call on security agencies to immediately commence investigation on this bribery allegation. It is his views that those who made the allegation should be invited to substantiate their claims.
This same desperation made a man like Prof. Itse Sagay, the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC) to appear on tape admitting in a foreign country that he interfered with the process in the Tribunal when in an unethical manner he was instructing the judge on how to conduct the trial. Corruption is not just about giving or diverting money.
"When an official interferes with the judicial process with a view to achieve personal objectives, that is corruption," Olaniyonu said.
He further said that the appeal against the CCT ruling is another media trial without substance.
"This Appeal against the CCT ruling is nothing but another attempt to grandstand and embark on another media trial without any substance. This is why the Senate President is sure it will be another exercise in futility.
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Dr. Saraki has demonstrated his unflinching belief in and respect for the judicial process and its ability to resolve issues relating to fundamental rights of Nigerians. That belief in the judiciary is the basis for his assurance that the position of the CCT that he is not guilty of the charges preferred against him would be sustained in the higher courts," he added.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the 18-count charges against the Senate President at the Code of Conduct Tribunal were dismissed by the court.
The charges -false declaration of assets during his tenure as the governor of Kwara state - were said to lack merit.
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