CCT Trial: Senate replies Ezekwesili over “pocketization”

By Sanni Muhammed November 7, 2015 16:47

CCT Trial: Senate replies Ezekwesili over “pocketization”

The leadership of the senate has replied the vociferous former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili over her allegations of “Pocketization” and conversion of Senators to “supporters club” by Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

These comments have been made amidst his ongoing trial for alleged false declaration of assets by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.

Senate Deputy Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, refuted Ezewkesili’s claims, arguing that nobody can fault the decision of the Senators as majority strongly believe Saraki’s travails at the CCT is purely an orchestrated act of “persecution” and not “prosecution.”

    “You see, it is a matter of belief, and I am going to tell you in very clear language. The belief of the 8th Senate and substantial number of the senators is that the trial of the President of the Senate is persecution rather than prosecution.

    “If it is persecution, we believe that we have a responsibility to stand by him. But if it is prosecution, every senator of the federal republic believes, and rightly so, that this government must be given all the necessary assistance it requires to fight corruption.’’

Ezekwesili who also is the convener of the #Bringbackourgirls movement has consistently faulted Saraki for closing down the Senate in order for Senators to accompany him to the CCT where he is currently undergoing a trial for alleged false declaration of assets.

She also tagged the Senators who had supported him with their presence as  members of his “supporters club”, a statement which has been condemned by political observers who have referred to it as disrespectful and impolite.

See: How #BringBackOurGirls changed to #BringBackEzekwesili

Explaining the rationale behind the Senate’s decision to support Saraki, Na’Allah argued that the trial for the offences he allegedly committed 13 years ago was nothing but a caricature of anti-corruption being used by perceived political enemies to score cheap points.

He also stressed that majority of the Senators believe that Saraki was on political a trial.

    “Let me be honest with you; from the little that I know, the Senate sees the trial as more of a political trial than a trial intended specifically for the purpose for which it should be done.

    “It may be wrong, it may be right, but the circumstances of the trial and for the reason that the subject matter of the trial occurred about 12 or 13 years ago, you cannot fault the senators if they come to that conclusion.

    “I am not so sure that you can say that the substantial number of people who believe that this trial is wrong can, at the same time, be said to be wrong.

    “We keep on hoping that those who want to assist this government honestly and sincerely will see the wisdom in portraying this government in the best tradition of democratic society.

    “It is in the overall interest of everyone who loves this country to assist this government in doing everything in accordance with the dictates of our Constitution.”

See: Ezekwesili lambasts Saraki senators