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Alleged false Asset declaration: We stand behind Saraki – Senators

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Senators on Thursday vowed to stand behind embattled Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki [pictured] who is

going to appear before Code of Conduct Tribunal on Friday over alleged false declaration of Asset levied against by Federal government‎.

The Senators however called on the federal government to focus on governance and not politically motivated trials of perceived enemies.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal had on the strength of 13- count charge bordering on alleged falsification of assets declaration and under declaration raised against Saraki by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), summoned Senate President.

Senators who spoke to newsmen in separate interview expressed dissatisfaction with the move by the CCB and describing the trial as distraction and uncalled for. 

The lawmakers ‎said that trial or no trial, majority of the senators in the senate will continue to support the leadership of Saraki and specifically warned the federal government to be more focus on governance and not politically motivated distractions the Saraki’ invitation by CCT symbolises.

Speaking, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP Abia North), said as far as majority of senators are concerned, Saraki has led the Senate creditably well in the last 100 days and will continue to give him their total support, irrespective of any distractions from any quarters.

‎In his own comment on Saraki trial , Senator Hussain Salihu (APC Nasarawa  South) said those trying Saraki for one thing or the other that had happened in the past because he is now the Senate President, will get tired of the trials .

According to him, senators and by extension, the Senate will not abandon him as their duly elected leader.  

His words: “The charges against Saraki as far as I am concerned are just distractive, in the sense that we are talking about issue of thirteen years ago and people are bringing it now. I think Nigerians should disregard such issues because they are distracting the National Assembly from doing its own constitutional work. And I don’t think that it is going to help us. 

“What we are talking about now is how we are going to get power supply; how the ordinary man can send his children to school and the sick to get hospitals that will treat them. So, the allegations are non-issues. I think the people who are doing this are not helping the country; they are not helping the President and they are not helping anybody because as far as the National Assembly is concerned, we are going to move on from all these distractions. 

Also in his own comment, Senator Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi ( APC Niger North), described all the allegations raised against Saraki as politically motivated allegations vowing that those allegations will not in any way derail the 8th Senate from its focus of bringing about change in the positive sense, to Nigerians across the various sectors.

In his words” I want to believe an allegation remains an allegation; and our laws are very clear. It is an allegation until it is proven; I want to believe it remains an allegation. However, let’s take a closer look at what the allegations are, dating back to 2003 to date, I think, as far as I am concerned there is something fishing about it. It is very obvious; of course we know what has happened since the inauguration of the 8th Senate. 

“And what I want state here clearly is that we have a duty based on our mandate by the electorate to come here, a number of processes were done, and I want to believe that, unless if somebody is trying to tell that all those processes were carried out by various security agencies were not correct, I want to believe, if they were correct, then somebody needs to ask the question: how come twelve years down the line somebody is feeling that there is something he has forgotten in those years and he wants to find out an answer for them now?

“But I think that what the 8th Senate is looking at clearly are the issue of youth unemployment; the insurgency for which we know that based on the support of the National Assembly, we are all living witnesses to the thorough and expeditious work done to confirm the Service Chiefs, and our resolve through our legislative agenda to support our party in this particular dispensation. 

“I want to believe that we will not be distracted from that, and whatever it is that anybody is doing, our laws are very clear. We have a responsibility, and on the basis of that we will try to do what Nigerians expect of us.

‎”We will stand by our leaders because leadership is from God and as far as I am concerned, I didn’t come here because I am the best; it is just the will of God that we will be here. And based on the fact that we are here, we shall try as much as possible to deliver very good legislations that will move this country forward.

“Nigeria is great, and we want to make it greater. And I assure you, we will definitely not be distracted. The entire Senate is behind our leadership”.

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