Presidency has rejected attempts to blame President Muhammadu Buhari for the ongoing travails of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on Friday issued a warrant of arrest on the Senate president who had failed to appear before it.
Saraki is being tried for allegations bordering on false and anticipatory declaration of assets.
Opposition parties and Saraki’s spokesmen had over the weekend insinuated that he was being persecuted by the presidency for insisting on contesting for the Senate presidency against the wish of his party.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a statement yesterday that such links were unacceptable, adding that the issues were purely judicial and urged the Senate president to face his trial in court.
Shehu added that institutions of state must be allowed to do their jobs without any external influence, saying the president was in no position to help Saraki.
“Views to the effect that the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, and the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, can only act upon external instigation are equally uninformed. There is no place in law that says the bureau and the tribunal should take instructions from any quarters.
‘‘As an independent institution equal to any superior court of record, the tribunal is set up by the constitution to determine the issue of default, false declaration or forgery in assets declaration. This, therefore, is purely a judicial process and has nothing to do with the presidency.
‘‘If anyone has an axe to grind with what they are doing, they should do it in a judicial manner by challenging those actions in a proper court of law. Let them hire a good team of lawyers to prove their innocence.”
Shehu added that the president was only interested in upholding the law and not persecuting anyone.
“Government has no desire to persecute anybody. The president has vowed to respect the rule of law and this is what he is doing by staying out of this matter. He has said times without number that the war against corruption has no sacred cows.