Senators loyal to the Senate President Bukola Saraki have vowed block any move to impeach their leader over his trial at Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Saraki is facing a 13-count charge of alleged false asset declaration levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
The senators, represented by Senators Rafiu Ibrahim and Samuel Anyanwu, representing Kwara South and Imo East respectively told newsmen on the sidelines of the tribunal sitting that they consider Saraki’s trial as an attempt by the leading All Progressives Congress (APC) to blacklist him before the Nigerians
“We have since discovered that the trial of the senate president is a mere attempt to blackmail him and make him look bad in the court of public opinion. No more, no less. A dispassionate analysis of the proceeding of the CCT yesterday has pointed to the fact that the APC-led executive is still embittered against Dr Saraki over the manner of his election as senate president,” Ibrahim said.
The senators, numbering 12, including his deputy, Senator Ike Ekeremadu, and about 90 lawyers attended Saraki’s trial on Wednesday, April 6.
“For those calling for the impeachment of the senate president, we urge them to avail themselves of the provisions of the law relating to such a sensitive step. They will have to produce as many as 100 senators to achieve that aim. As long as they don’t have the majority, the call is a tall dream that will remain a figment of the imagination of the groups and their sponsors,” the senators said.
Pulse recalls that during previous sitting Saraki was accompanied to the tribunal over 80 senators.
In his ruling, the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, ruled that during the examination of the first prosecution witness would continue during the next trial and to be immediately followed by his cross examination.