A Group, the Coalition of Leaders of Thought in the Northcentral zone yesterday rejected the March 24 judgment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) against Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Addressing reporters in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, spokesman for the group, Senator Ahmed Mohammed, called for the stoppage of Saraki’s trial at the CCT.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to be indifferent to the injustice and abuse of the legal system as “being allegedly perpetrated” by Justice Umar Danladi at the CCT.
Senator Mohammed said the pronouncement by eminent jurists that the CCT lacked the power to prosecute Saraki was enough to prompt presidential action.
He said: “On our part, we make bold to say that we will reject whatever is the outcome of this illegal and kangaroo trial under Umar Danladi, who was alleged to have criminal charges hanging on his neck, while the tribunal has been declared incompetent by legal luminaries.
“We have refrained from speaking about the trial of Saraki at the CCT because of our belief that it is an issue that will stand the test of truth, equity and justice.
“But it has become significant to raise our voice not only for posterity, but because of the pronouncement of Justice Danladi Umar, which established that double standard is reigning supreme.”
Justifying their call for the President’s intervention, Mohammed noted that Saraki delivered Kwara State 100 per cent to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last general election and he was a pillar in the Northcentral.
“If fair is fair, Saraki deserves to be the most commended politician in the APC,” he added.
The coalition’s spokesman said: “In the six geo-political zones, APC used to have one governor in Nasarawa before Kwara joined. Today, APC rules in all states in the Northcentral, courtesy of the outstanding role Saraki played with others.
“There is no other zone that came from one to six governors today. APC also has the highest number in the National Assembly, state legislatures and local governments.
“Unfortunately, at this moment, Senator Saraki is being condemned, persecuted and vilified by the party he helped to build.
“If we review his leadership at the Senate and chairmanship of the National Assembly in the last nine months, is there anyone who has not seen the high capacity demonstrated by Saraki in the conduct of business at the upper house and coordination of the National Assembly?
“For the first time since 1999, the budget was passed the same day in both chambers with similar figures without any need for a joint committee to harmonise their differences. Harmonisation was done from the start.
“With the Senate’s searchlight on the Treasury Single Account (TSA), Nigeria is saving over N600 million everyday. The war against Boko Haram is being won because the National Assembly approved the funds.”
He brought succour to Nigerians through the cancellation of fixed charges by DISCO tariff and saved the nation from strike by Labour, among other laudable and progressive steps and decision taken in the best interest of our nation.”