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Trying Times For Saraki

Posted: Oct 1, 2015 at 12:16 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ejikeme Omenazu


For the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, this is not the best of times. Few weeks ago, his wife, Toyin, was a guest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which claimed to be investigating her roles over some spending as a former First Lady of Kwara State.

While this was yet to die down, the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) sued Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over alleged false information contained in his asset declarations.

man-in-the-newsBut, the curious thing about the case is that the declarations were made during and after his tenure as the governor of Kwara State. No one is even talking about his declarations when he assumed office as a Senator and now the Senate President.

However, following Saraki’s failure to appear before the Tribunal repeatedly, the judge, Justice Danladi Umar, issued a Bench warrant for his arrest. This was as he resorted to a Federal High Court for protection, which failed.
Saraki, having appeared before the CCT at last, has been granted bail, even as he has been crying to high heavens alleging political witch-hunting.

He is putting the blame at the door steps of his traducers within the APC.
Since he assumed the Seat of Senate President, Saraki has been in the eyes of the storm. This follows the way he emerged when his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), had penciled down another candidate, Senator Mohamed Lawan, for the exalted seat.

According to reports, while the majority of APC senators went for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Saraki allegedly connived with his supporters and members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be elected as the Senate President. This led to the emergence of an opposition Deputy Senate President in the person of Ike Ekweremadu.

The APC and majority of its Senators cried foul. But Saraki refused to bulge and ignored some correspondences from his party leaders. Soon it was alleged that the election was carried out with a falsified Senate Order. All efforts to make Saraki and his supporters see reason and respect party supremacy fell on deaf ears.
Now, the chickens have come to roost.

As the CCT is bent on trying Saraki, he is putting the blames of his travails on his party, which has however, denied links to the on-going trials.
Can Saraki succeed in going through with this trial and come clean? How far can he go in holding to the post of Senate President, only time will tell? Will he succumb to pressure and quit the position? Will his party muster enough strength to see to his impeachment? As the days, weeks, or even months go by, unfolding events will show the real Saraki and if he is really innocent enough to keep the position of the Senate President. Or, if he will go in the way of other leaders of the National Assembly who were humiliated out of office and dumped in ignominy.
Nigerians are keenly watching this high political melodrama.

But as long as he holds on to the seat of Number Three citizen against the wish of his party leaders, Bukola Sasaki, the heir to the Saraki dynasty of Kwara State may know no peace.