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I Won’t Be Stampeded Out Of Office, Saraki Warns Traducers

Posted: Apr 9, 2016 at 7:06 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rotimi Akinwumi ABUJA


Antagonists of the Senate President Bukola Saraki who expect him to quit office in the face of his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) will have to wait much longer as he has said that he would not be stampeded into resigning as the President of the Nigerian Senate.

The Senate President also on Friday raised the alarm that there were plans by his traducers to pay some persons to stage mass protests against him, demanding his removal from office, even when he has not yet been convicted by the CCT.

Saraki, who has come under pressure to quit office following his trial at the CCT, had his matter compounded Wednesday when his name was mentioned in the Panama Leaks, which has caused problems for some world leaders who were listed in the expose as being corrupt.

Already, the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has demanded his immediate resignation from office as Senate President.

However, Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu, has said he is not quitting office nor will he allow his traducers pronounce him guilty while the court has not.

According to him, those set to stage a protest against him were actually paid to do so, and as such he would not be moved.

“As part of their plan, they are already distributing money and other materials to some faceless civil society organisations, market men and women associations and other shadowy groups with a view to instigate demonstrations in Lagos, Abuja and Ilorin starting from Monday, April 11.

“They believe that the on-going trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal provides them the opportunity to stampede Dr. Saraki out of office so that their defeated objective of getting their lackey into the office of Senate President will be realised.

“This is another desperate move by these spineless politicians to achieve through the back door what they failed to realise on the floor of the Senate.

“We are alerting members of the public to the antics of these desperate politicians, which may result in breach of public peace, order and health. Dr. Saraki is a peace-loving and law-abiding politician.

“The trial at the CCT is just beginning and while the prosecution’s witness has started giving evidence, he is yet to be cross-examined by the defence team.

“The defence has also not opened its own case. We urge members of the public to patiently wait for the conclusion of the case.

“Since the fundamental principle of our legal system is that an accused person is presumed innocent until he is found guilty, Dr. Saraki will not allow any distraction to take him away from his responsibility as President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly,” the statement said.