Buhari gives Saraki 3 “deadly” conditions to end CCT trial

By Amako Nneji March 23, 2016 11:50

Buhari gives Saraki 3 “deadly” conditions to end CCT trial

President Muhammadu Buhari, through the anti-Saraki lawmakers in the Senate has given the Senate President, Bukola Saraki terms and conditions before his on-going trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, is quashed.

This was made known after the secret peace meeting that was held between the anti-Saraki group called the ‘Unity Forum’ and the pro-Saraki camp known as the ‘Like Minds’, which took place at the Asokoro residence of Senator Aliyu Wammako, the former Governor of Sokoto State.

Report has it that cold war has been existing between Saraki and President Buhari since the former controversially emerged as the Senate President on June 9, 2015.

Premium Times reported that 10 senators were in attendance (five from each of the two camps).

Recall, that Saraki won the Senate President seat in defiance of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The meeting had in attendance, Senator Ahmed Lawan, Kabiru Marafa, Gbenga Ashafa, and Suleiman Hukunyi as part of the Unity Forum group’s team.

One the other side, the Like Minds were represented by Senator Danjuma Goje, Aliyu Wammako, Sani Yerima, Kabiru Gaya and Adamu Aliero.

In a statement at the end of the meeting, Wammako said the meeting was held to end the crisis that hit the APC caucus following Saraki’s emergence as senate president.

“Effectively, the meeting has brought an end to crisis in the Senate between APC Senators who now support the Senate President, Bukola Saraki,” Wammako said.

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The meeting is to be at the instance of President Buhari, all in a bid to settle the ongoing rift in the senate.

While giving Saraki terms and conditions for the withdrawal of the 13-count charges against him, the anti-saraki group said, “The composition of Senate committees must be reviewed to conform with the Standing Rules of the Senate.

“Saraki must do an upward review of the number of the committees which must follow due process as prescribed by section 60 of the Senate Rules.

“The second point is that the committees should also be reconstituted to “favour” APC Senators.

“The number three point is the supremacy of our party, loyalty to our leaders and support for President Muhammadu Buhari.”

It added, “The meeting was held in the interest our party and Nigeria”.

“There is no crisis between us again. This man (Saraki) is in court and anything can happen.

“So APC Senators must come together and unite; otherwise, if anything happens to Saraki in the court, PDP Senators who are very united may take over the Senate.

“And that would be a very great disservice to our party, the President and Nigerians who voted for change.

“So, we are now uniting like PDP Senators and are settling our differences.”

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