Saraki receives party backing despite corruption charges

By Sanni Muhammed September 17, 2015 17:55

Saraki receives party backing despite corruption charges

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has put its weight behind embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki, clearing him of any corrupt practices and insisting that the alleged corrupt practices levied against him are plots by his political enemies determined to tarnish his image.

A chieftain of the party in Sokoto State, Abdullahi Sarkin-Gobir Adiya made this declaration during an interview with ThisDay Newspaper, where he confirmed that Saraki is free from any corrupt practices and insisted that Nigerians are satisfied with his leadership style and qualities.

      “Where are the evidences against Saraki? Let his detractors tender the evidence to Nigerians. I don’t think Saraki is a corrupt leader. Many Nigerians believe that Saraki is not corrupt but it is just the antics of political enemies who want to see his downfall.

“His detractors are behind this smear campaign in the media in order to tarnish his image.

“Why didn’t they say he is corrupt when he joined the APC? Why didn’t they reject him when he used his resources to support the party? As far as I am concerned, Nigerians are satisfied with what he is doing in the senate and he is doing well by providing a purposeful leadership.

“Saraki is a democrat who has a vision for Nigeria.”

This is coming just after the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, slammed a 13-count charge of corruption bordering on false declaration of assets during his tenure as the Governor of Kwara State.

According to the charges, Saraki is accused of failing to declare some assets he acquired while in office as Governor, including allegedly acquiring assets beyond his legitimate earnings, and operating foreign bank accounts while serving as a public officer, an action which violates sections of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.

In a swift reaction, Saraki issued a statement describing the 13-count charge slammed on him as false, frivolous and a calculated attempt to rubbish him in the public, adding that he is unperturbed and ready to defend his innocence in court.

See: Asset Declaration: Saraki hits back at attackers

Recall that the aftermath of Saraki’s emergence as Senate President sparked wide protests from the leadership of the APC, who were oppose to his emergence, an action which instigated crisis and division in the Senate, following which a chieftain of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu vowed never to forgive him for going against the party’s wishes.

This also sparked a rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and Tinubu who blasted the former for his tacit and slow response towards averting and dealing with the anticipated conflict.

See: Saraki Senate Presidency: Tinubu​ blasts President Buhari