I’m afraid Saraki may impeach me – Buhari

By Amako Nneji September 30, 2015 11:10

I’m afraid Saraki may impeach me – Buhari

Following the on-going trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal on a 13-count charge bordering on alleged false declaration of assets, President Muhammadu Buhari said that he might be impeached if he interferes in the judicial process.

Buhari who spoke to cross section of journalists in New York during an interactive session, said he would allow the court process to run its course.

Saraki is facing trial before the CCT for alleged false assets declaration. The tribunal has fixed October 21-23 to hear the matter.

The senate president had already pleaded “not guilty” to the charges filed against him.

See: 8th Senate: How Saraki’s “big mouth” put him in trouble

Penultimate week, Buhari through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu explained the president’s stance on the trial of Saraki in a statement.

    “The Presidency says that attempts to link the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to the Presidency are unacceptable. Views to the effect that the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB and the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT can only act upon external instigation are equally uninformed

    “Government has no desire to persecute anybody. The President has vowed to respect the rule of law and this is what he is doing by staying out of this matter. He has said times without number that the war against corruption has no sacred cows,” the presidential spokesman said.

Speaking on Saraki debacle, Buhari maintained that his confidence in Saraki will depend on the outcome of the CCT.

“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.

Answering questions on whether he is on speaking terms with the Senate president, he stated; “There are some appointments, which the Senate has to approve.

    “And I can’t remember how many letters I personally wrote to him, because this is constitutional. There are people I want to work with, I cannot work with them unless the National Assembly approves.

    “So I’ve been writing to the Senate President and to the leader of the House (of Representatives). This is constitutional.”

According to reports, Buhari, preferred Ahmad Lawan as senate president, and is still livid with Saraki for forming an unholy alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and outsmarting the All Progressives Congress, APC, leaders in the race for Nigeria’s No. 3 position.

The storm worsened when the senate reconvened and Saraki also appointed principal officers not favoured by the APC leadership.

It had been suggested to Buhari that Lawan should be majority leader in order to put Saraki in check, with Bola Tinubu’s ally, George Akume, serving as deputy leader.

An already delicate situation was worsened after the choice of principal officers as Saraki and his allies are now accused of undermining “party supremacy”.

See: Why Saraki must resign now – Tinubu