- Says, suit politically motivated
Code of Conduct Bureau has filed a 13 count charge against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Deputy Director in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, M.S. Hassan, filed the charges against Saraki on September 11, 2015.
The charges include false declaration of assets when he assumed office as the Kwara State Governor in 2003.
Saraki has however described the charges leveled against him by the CCB as frivolous.
He also said the allegations were a reflection of the saying that each time you fight corruption, the system will fight you.
Saraki said, “Most of them are frivolous and not true. This sounds like issues of affairs. I have always done my declaration. We will continue to do our job. There is no doubt that it is mischievous. It is not current. The issues are not true. As far as we are concerned, we are not shaking. We will focus on what we have come to do in the interest of the country.”
The Senate President then referred reporters to a statement from his media team signed by his Senior Special Adviser on Media, Yusuf Olaniyonu, saying Saraki was being witch-hunted because of his recent stance on national issues.
The statement partly read, “We also note that anytime you try to fight corruption or insist that the right thing should be done, the system will always come after you. This is another case of desperation to fight Dr. Saraki because of his recent stance on national issues.”
According to the statement, the Senate President’s attention was drawn to a charge sheet being widely circulated on the online media, upon which he is expected to be tried at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The Senate President’s media team noted that at the time of writing the statement, Saraki had not been served the court papers.
The statement, however, noted that as a public officer, he owes members of the public explanation on the allegations contained in the charge sheet.
The senate president said that those behind filing of the charges are engaging in ‘‘forum-shopping.’’