OrderPaperToday – Hordes of senators accompany senate president to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in solidarity because they believe he is being persecuted politically.
This much was revealed by Deputy Leader of the Senate, Mr. Ibn Na’Allah, who told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Saraki’s trial for alleged offences committed some 13 years ago is nothing but persecution going by the perception of majority of senators.
He warned that the persecution of Saraki has the potential of putting the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in bad light, a perception that is needless and avoidable at this point in time.
 “The belief of the 8th Senate and substantial number of the senators is that the trial of the President of the Senate is persecution rather than prosecution,” he said, adding that “if it is persecution, we believe that we have a responsibility to stand by him.”
The senate principal officer said further: “Let me be honest with you; from the little that I know, the Senate sees the trial as more of a political trial than a trial intended specifically for the purpose for which it should be done.
“It may be wrong, it may be right, but the circumstances of the trial and for the reason that the subject matter of the trial occurred about 12 or 13 years ago, you cannot fault the senators if they come to that conclusion. I am not so sure that you can say that the substantial number of people who believe that this trial is wrong can, at the same time, be said to be wrong.
“We keep on hoping that those who want to assist this government honestly and sincerely will see the wisdom in portraying this government in the best tradition of democratic society. It is in the overall interest of everyone who loves this country to assist this government in doing everything in accordance with the dictates of our Constitution.”



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