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Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki said on Friday that he was
not losing sleep over the decision of federal Government to file an appeal
against the judgment of code of conduct tribunal, CCT, which last week absolved
him of any wrong doings 
had earlier made charges against him that he violated the code of conduct as public office holder on  false Asset  declaration

 Bukola Saraki has however
accused some people in government whom he described as desperate, working in
union with their collaborators outside the government to pull him down at all
cost and by all means, adding that these persons do not even bother if they
destroy the institution of the judiciary in the process.
The Senate President has called on security agencies to immediately
commence the process of investigation into alleged bribery of Tribunal Judges.
It would be recalled that the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF and
Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, had on Wednesday in Abuja, said that
he had directed that an appeal be filed against the judgement of the Code of
Conduct Tribunal, CCT, which had discharged and acquitted Senate President,
Bukola Saraki of charges that he had violated the code of conduct by declaring
false documents. Also recall that after a two- year trial, Saraki was on
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 discharged by the Tribunal of the 18 charges preferred
against him by the Federal Government.
 In a statement signed Friday in
Abuja by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate
President who said that he was confident that the verdict at the appellate
court would not be different from that of the tribunal, stressed that the facts
of the case were still the same, adding that the grounds on which the decision
of the CCT was based, remained unassailable. Yusuph Olaniyonu’s statement read
in full, “Following the decision of the Federal Government to file an appeal
against the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which upheld the plea
of no case submission he made on the 18-count charge of false asset declaration
preferred against him, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki wishes to
reiterate his earlier position that he remains unperturbed by the development.
 “Dr. Saraki is confident that
the verdict at the appellate court would not be different from that of the tribunal
as the facts of the case remain the same and the grounds on which the decision
of the CCT was based remain unassailable. “Anybody who has been following the
proceedings and the evidence given by the prosecution witnesses during
examination in chief and cross examination would know that if presented before
any court of Justice and law, the same outcome as in the CCT would be arrived
at. Those who are running commentary on the ruling by the Tribunal and
criticizing it are those who are not even familiar with the case and the
details coming out of the trial.
 “That is why Dr. Saraki
continues to wonder how desperate some people in government and their
collaborators outside have become to pull him down at all cost and by all means
up to the point that they do not care if they destroy the institution of the
judiciary in the process. That is why they sponsored stories of allegation of
bribery in an online publication against the Tribunal judges. The Senate
President seizes this opportunity to call on security agencies to immediately
commence investigation on this bribery allegation. It is his views that those
who made the allegation should be invited to substantiate their claims. “This
same desperation made a man like Prof. Itse Sagay, the Chairman of the Presidential
Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC) to appear on tape admitting in a foreign
country that he interfered with the process in the Tribunal when in an
unethical manner he was instructing the judge on how to conduct the trial.
Corruption is not just about giving or diverting money. When an official
interferes with the judicial process with a view to achieving personal
objectives, that is corruption.
“We hear the same desperate people say there was so much evidence they
are surprised at the verdict of the tribunal. But they forget to mention that
this was a case that the prosecution counsel amended charges thrice. If as it
is being portrayed to the public it was a straight forward case following
investigation how come every time their case was dismantled during the process
they went back to amend charges just in desperation to get a conviction?

 “The Senate
President notes that another sign of desperation by those who want to get him
convicted at all cost was the failed antics of the prosecution counsel, Mr.
Rotimi Jacob who in collusion with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) sought to manipulate evidence at the tribunal. “On realising the
fundamental flaw in its case as it did not invite the defendant to make any
statement at any point in the investigation, the prosecution brought in an
agent of the EFCC to tender old statements Saraki made in a totally different
and unrelated matter that had nothing to do with false asset declaration. The
prosecution forgot that the letter inviting Saraki to make the tendered
statements explicitly mentioned the matter being investigated. However, the
tribunal, as it is obvious in its ruling, saw through the dirty trick. It
therefore disregarded that piece of evidence and described it as irrelevant and
of no value to the case.

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