President Muhammadu Buhari has on Tuesday disclosed why he was reluctant to interfere in Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, saying that it may lead to his impeachment.
According to The Nation, President Buhari made this disclosure known during an interview session in New York.
Saraki is facing trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for alleged false declaration of assets. The tribunal has fixed October 21-23 to hear the matter.
Despite putting up a bold appearance in public, the embattled Senate president has reportedly being reaching out to influential Nigerians including traditional rulers and ex-presidents, to put in a word for him with the president.
When asked his position on Saraki’s trial, President Buhari said:
”What has the President got to do with it as a person? The case is in court. Do Nigerians expect me to tell the Chief Justice to tell whichever court that they shouldn’t try the Senate president?”.
”Do Nigerians know about the constitution of their own country? The judiciary, the legislature and the executive have got their own roles within the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Then, how do they expect me to interfere? I can be successfully impeached if I do it”.