By Kayode Adeoti
The ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) will again commence on Thursday (today).
The senate president is facing a 13-count-charge bordering on false asset declaration and money laundering.
At the last adjourned date, the case was stalled following absence of the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), who was said to be handling another matter at the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal.
Also, the adjournment came on the heels of the amendment of the Code of Conduct Bureau/Tribunal Act by the senate.
Consequently, the Chairman of CCT, Danladi Umar had adjourned the matter till today, 2nd March, 2017 for continuation of trial which has generated controversy among many political players in the country, as it was over time argued that the trial is politically motivated.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State All Progressives Congress (APC) has hailed determination of the Senate President to “take on his accusers” headlong, while describing him as a courageous leader worth his pedigree.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Kwara State Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, a copy of which was made available to National Pilot.
“Given the hyped of the trial, one would have been tempted to assume the prosecution team had evidence to prove the charges filed against the Senate President.
“However, the commencement of the trial has shown that the CCT has no case against the Senate President and the whole trial might have been initiated to put the Senate President on media trial with the sole goal of painting him black in the minds of unsuspecting Nigerians.
Even if the plot is to convict Dr. Saraki in the court of public opinion, the plot is destined to fail because those folk tales cannot stand the test of credibility in the face of the facts and water-tight arguments.
“The CCT having realised that it has no evidence against the Senate President, took a detour on a journey of rigmarole and rabble-rousing, entertaining Nigerians with drama and folktales. If the witness lined up by the prosecutor claimed money was deposited into Dr. Saraki’s bank account 50 times within a day, is there any iota of credible indication that the money involved was gotten from public fund?
“For our party members and supporters in Kwara State, we assure them that there is no cause for alarm. Since the commencement of the trial, it has become clearer that the Senate President is poise to shame his accusers with facts. We are confident that at the end, the truth shall set the Senate President free. We, therefore, urge our party members to continue with routine political meetings and activities across the state without hindrance,” the statement reads.