There are strong indications that the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki may throw in the towel by resigning from his position any movement from now following the body language and loyalty deficiency displayed by some senators including those who had vowed to remain with him to the end of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Ahead of the expected judgment of the Tribunal, following yesterday’s commencement of his trial over alleged false declaration of assets when he was the governor of Kwara State, reports have emerged that some of his most staunched supporters disclosed that in other not to be humiliated while on the throne he should consider the resignation option so as to save the Senate, as an institution.
A special meeting, it was learnt, was held to this cause by a group of some loyal senators, who followed him to his Maitama residence, shortly after the end of yesterday’s trial at the court.
However, as the senate president mulls over the option, senators of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), appeared to be at loggerhead with their counterparts in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over the Senate President’s successor.
Speaking on the matter, a senator of the PDP told Vanguard Newspaper that Saraki was given the option of resigning basically to save the institution of the legislature.
‘”I can confirm to you that at a special meeting held yesterday, we asked the Senate President to consider the option of resignation. “We believe that doing so would preserve the institution of the Senate, “he said.
In a related development, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), has urged the senate president to resign.
The call was triggered by the latest revelations from the ‘Panama Papers’ leaks about assets confirmed to be proceeds of corruption belonging to the Saraki family.
“Someone with a poor reputation such as his isn’t fit to be called or be elected as a Senator not even to talk of becoming the Senate President.
“With such a background and considering that he oscillates between sitting in the criminal suspects’ box in the Code of Conduct Tribunal as a criminal suspect and sitting as President of the Senate in the hallowed Chambers of the National Assembly as the President of the Senate doubling as the Chairman of the National Assembly, the situation becomes an aberration and makes Saraki a misfit to occupy a seat in the Nigerian Senate in the first place and unfit to continue to occupy the exalted position of the Senate Presidency,’’ Mr. Debo Adeniran, Executive Chairman of CACOL, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a prosecution witness, Michael Wetcast, told the Tribunal sitting in Abuja, that Saraki used three different accounts in GTB to launder over two million U.S. dollars
The witness said that the accounts were opened with Naira, pounds sterling and dollar currencies.
Wetcast said that the commission received petitions from different groups including the Kwara Freedom Network (KFN) which wrote and complained about abuse of office.
Wetcast also testified that the petition also centered on misappropriation and money laundering against the defendant, between 2003 and 2011, when he was governor of Kwara.