The president of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, says he is not perturbed by the executives' appeal against the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) that set him free from allegations of false declaration of assets.

The CCT had upheld the plea of no case submission made by Dr. Saraki on the 18-count charge of false asset declaration preferred against him.

But that decision was not soothing to the executive arm of the government which is at the moment seeking an order to set aside the decision of the CCT.

On Friday, however, the Senate President said he was confident that the verdict at the appellate court would not be different from that of the Tribunal as the facts of the case remained the same and the grounds on which the decision of the CCT was based remained unassailable. 

“Anybody who has been following the proceedings and the evidence given by the prosecution witnesses during examination in chief and cross examination should know that if presented before any court of Justice and law, the same outcome as in the CCT would be arrived at.

“Those who are running commentary on the ruling by the Tribunal and criticising it are those who are not even familiar with the case and the details coming out of the trial,” a statement by a spokesman for the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, read.

Dr Saraki said the appeal was a sign of “how desperate some people in government and their collaborators outside have become to pull him down at all cost and by all means up to the point that they do not care if they destroy the institution of the judiciary in the process”.

“That is why they sponsored stories of allegation of bribery in an online publication against the Tribunal judges. The Senate President seizes this opportunity to call on security agencies to immediately commence investigation on this bribery allegation. It is his views that those who made the allegation should be invited to substantiate their claims.

“This same desperation made a man like Professor Itse Sagay, the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC) to appear on tape admitting in a foreign country that he interfered with the process in the Tribunal when in an unethical manner he was instructing the judge on how to conduct the trial.

“Corruption is not just about giving or diverting money.

“When an official interferes with the judicial process with a view to achieve personal objectives, that is corruption”.

The Senate president further expressed his belief in the judicial process and its ability to resolve issues relating to fundamental rights of Nigerians.

He highlighted that “the judiciary is the basis for his assurance that the position of the CCT that he is not guilty of the charges preferred against him would be sustained in the higher courts”.