Saraki: “I am On Trial Not Nigerian Senate”

Statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser to the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki said today that his on-going trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal will not disturb the activities of the Senate.

Bukola Saraki Nigeria's Senate President

Bukola Saraki
Nigeria’s Senate President

Saraki made this statement after the Tribunal Chairman, Mr. Danladi Umar announced that the proceedings in the trial involving the Senate President will now hold on a day-to-day basis.

It would be recalled that at the preliminary stage of the trial, senators had always accompanied the Senate President to the tribunal each time the case came up for hearing. But Saraki said now that the trial proper has commenced and the Senate is in session, he would not want the trial to affect legislative business.

“I am the one on trial not the Senate. Even though I have been overwhelmed by the solidarity displayed by my colleagues, it is important that the work of the Senate is not unduly affected by this process,” he said. The Senate President affirms that the legislative body being an institution, would not be affected by the absence of any of the principal.

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