OrderPaperToday – The ongoing trial of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) no doubt poses questions on the morality of the individual and casts a dark shade on the Senate as an institution.

Although, the law states that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty, many Nigerians including some serving senators believe that the President of the Senate would have resigned honourably in advanced countries.

But strong followers and supporters of Saraki would not agree to the resignation call: they insist that the trial was part of the plot of those who began the alleged political prosecution of Saraki in the first place.

Leader of the Senate Ali Ndume who is a big supporter of Saraki insists that his resignation would amount to him being adjudged guilty when the law had not found him so.

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Ndume is one of many other senators who believe that the prosecution of Saraki was politically motivated because he defied the decision of the party on who should be the President of the Senate and principal officers.

Recall that Saraki beat the All Progressives Congress (APC) to its game plan of having Senator Ahmed Lawan from Yobe state as senate president. Hardliners within the party have never forgiven the Kwara-born former governor for that ‘treachery.’

It is also common knowledge that even the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Yakubu Dogara was not the chosen one by the party, but he appeased the party by doing its bidding on principal officers.

The greatest sin of Saraki was his alleged alliance with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which led to the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu from the opposition as the Deputy President of the Senate.

Whether the CCT trial is politically motivated or not, the commencement of the case following the Supreme Court verdict which struck out Saraki’s appeal to be tried raises a lot of questions.

Already, the loyalty of some Senators who are his supporters is already in doubt: recall that on his first day of appearing at the CCT and being docked the National Assembly suspended plenary and over 50 senators accompanied him to the court.

At the next day of plenary, a motion passing a vote of confidence on the President of the Senate was also passed on the floor and signed by 89 senators.

But with Saraki’s continuous appearance at the Tribunal, his support seems to have waned a great deal: at the last trial on March 11, only a handful of senators accompanied him to the trial.

In fact it was gathered that the Senate being aware of the tongue lashing it would get if it suspended plenary again for Saraki and not wanting the his deputy of the PDP to preside, approached the court to change the trial day from Thursday which was a plenary day to Friday: an allegation which the Senate has however denied.

Last week, news broke that some senators, including those hitherto loyal to Saraki were already shopping for his replacement in view of continuous trial. Many of the Senators will rather not speak on the matter anymore.

Indeed his support is beginning to wane with the continuation of his trial: if the political solution was not found soon enough, it may get to open disassociation from Saraki.

The question that remain on the lips of many remain: “how can the president of the Senate be docked one day and the next day he is presiding over 108 Distinguished Senators.

Who knows, if the trial continues, a day might come and soon when Saraki might come right from being docked to presiding over plenary: a situation which some senators are already envisaging with displeasure.

For Saraki, the clock may just be ticking as the public perception of the upper chamber has gone south. It may get worse for him and the senate indeed.

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12 COMMENTS

    • That will be a bad precedent he should quit even if APC will lose election. How can a man that lacks integrity be presiding over the senate.

  1. The value system is so bad that they can’t see anything wrong in what Saraki is involved in. Hence the noise that the case is politically motivated. If is truely politically motivated, all he has to do is to make himself available to proof his innocence in order to Shame those behind the false allegation and not by working hard to frustrate the judicial proceeding. The entire senators are morally corrupt, shameless, lacking in integrity and that is why saraki’s trial is been politicized and shamelessly they followed him to court

  2. IS THE ASSEST DECLEARATION IS A STATEMENT OF RESULT. ..WHICH WE CAN ACCUSE SOMEONE OF FURGERY?..IF THERE IS MISTAKE IN DECLEARATION.I THINK DAT SHOULD BE CORRECTED IN DUE PROCESS.WITH THE RULE OF LAW.

  3. SARAKI HAS NO CASE TO ANSWER. EVERY REASONABLE PEOPLE KNOW THAT CCT TRIAL WAS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED. SARAKI DECLEAR HIS ASSET 3TIMES AND THEY SATISFIED WITH IT. SO Y NOW CCT SAY HE FAIL TO CLEAR SOME. CCT YEYE PEOPLE.

  4. APC can not fight corruption for now.If our youths can vote for one of their own in 2019,corruption wl go.APC & PDP are the major challenges of nig

  5. What did u expect from d 8th senate which is populated mostly by ex-governors who looted their various states before runing to d senate in order to continue their kleptomaniac acts?

  6. he only lost memories wen eva hs at d CCT but regains memories wen at d hallow chambers of d NA. hmm naija wt wuruwuru sha?

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