Senate President, Bukola Saraki

By Hammed Shittu

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Kwara State chapter, has raised the alarm that ‎desperate politicians in the country have hijacked the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), warning that the judiciary may throw the country into needless chaos and pandemonium in view of the ugly development.

In a statement issued in Ilorin by the party on Sunday signed by its state Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, the party said, “President Muhammadu Buhari should not be seen to be watching helplessly when politicians hijack a crucial arm of the government to carry out political vendetta against perceived political adversaries”.

According to the statement, “For anyone who ever doubted our position that the trial of the Senate President is not an anti-corruption drive but political persecution and witch-hunt, ‎the ruling of the tribunal last Thursday i‎s the clearest signal that what the Senate President is going through is nothing but political persecution at the tribunal”.

The statement said,”lIt also shows that the CCT is being manipulated and remote-controlled by some desperate politicians”. 

The APC said further that, “Like the c‎ounsel to the Senate President rightly noted, we are convinced that the right thing has not been done as far as the charges are concerned. It is now clear and glaring that due process has not been followed and the CCB has broken its own laws”.

 “Given identical cases, Nigerians should note that the CCT under Justice Umar Danladi discharged and acquitted a leader of APC in 2011 based on Section 3 (d) of the CCB/CCT Act. Why is the Senate President’s motion on the same Section 3 (d) of the CCB/CCT Act being denied by the same tribunal under the same Judge?”, the party queried.