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Saraki should resign as the Senate President – CACOL

Published on February 9, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

Senator Bukola Saraki, Nigeria's Senate President

Senator Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s Senate President

Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, has called for the resignation of Senate President, Bukola Saraki as he battles to save his face when he faces the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) trial.

CACOL took a swipe at some lawmakers making disproportionate comment to shield Saraki from being prosecuted.

CACOL, in a statement signed by Debo Adeniran, its Executive Chairman, said it is disappointing to continue to watch some supposed senators exhibit such shamelessness and lack of morality the way they had been doing since the start of the ‘SarakiGate’.

“CACOL finds it unintelligent for some people to continue to adduce ‘political vendetta or witch hunting’ as the reason behind the trials and travails of corruption suspects with reckless abandon for the gravity of the charges against the suspects.

“We ask why the loyalists of these corruption suspects won’t wait till their hero/es are discharged and acquitted before grandstanding and shamelessly displaying their immorality. For us, we commend the members of the Senate who are distancing themselves from the stain of corruption in line with our belief in shunning, shaming, naming and nailing corruption suspects.’

“CACOL believes that the Senate as the Upper Chamber of the law making arm of the Federal government should be conscious of its image in the minds of the people they were elected to serve in terms of integrity, legitimacy and acceptability of its decisions as whatever comes out an institution headed by a suspected criminal would be received with suspicion.

“The truth is that the wheel of justice may be slow, but it eventually catches up with the guilty. From the facts of the case available in public domain, the honourable thing that the Senate President should do is to resign or step aside for his name to be cleared,’’ Adeniran said.

“The history of the Nigerian Senate since 1999 is replete with similar scenarios to the present one and we remember how the Senate Presidents that got entangled in corrupt cases ended. It was only Adolphus Wabara that took the honourable path of resigning in 2005, while Evan Enwerem and Chuba Okadigbo were shamed out of office via impeachments in 1999 and 2000 respectively,’’ he stated.

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