CCT Acquittal: 'I Have Forgiven The Executive' – Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki is a happy man.
He also bears no grudges against his prosecutor, the federal government or anyone who played a role in his ordeal.
He described his almost two-year long trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) as a torturous one.
He said that it is rather time for celebration of the victory of democracy, and a sign that the innocent still have a chance in the judiciary.
Saraki said he was humbled by his acquittal and called on all his supporters not to engage in any form of unbridled celebration but to reflect on the current challenges of the nation.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Wednesday, discharged and acquitted Saraki on a false declaration of assets case brought against him.
Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar who gave the ruling, said that there was no evidence to continue the trial against Saraki.
“After undergoing the crucible of a tortuous trial, my vindication today calls for celebration.
“It is my belief however that if there should be any celebration at all, it should be a celebration of the hopes that this judgment gives us as citizens, that despite all the challenges that we face as a country, we are well on our way to building a country where the innocent needs not be afraid.
“I therefore urge all my supporters to refrain from any unbridled triumphalism. The challenges that our country faces today are enormous and do not allow for wanton celebration. Instead, we should all reflect on the significance of this moment and what it meant for our democracy,” Saraki said.