The Senate on Monday asked Nigerians to ignore those calling for the immediate resignation of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Saraki is standing trial for allegedly falsifying his asset declaration while he was governor of Kwara State.
His bid to quash the trial was dismissed by the Supreme Court on Friday.
The upper chamber described as premature, mischievous and unwarranted the campaign for Saraki’s resignation especially when he had not been convicted by the CCT.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, said this in a statement titled: “CCT vs Saraki: Our stand remains the Same.”
Abdullahi insisted that there was no basis for Saraki to resign until after the matter has been decided in that final judicial forum.
He reiterated that the fundamental principle in “our legal system is that a defendant is deemed innocent until proven guilty,” adding that “ we have decided to patiently observe the proceedings until the case runs its full circle in the nation’s final judicial forum.”
Abdullahi said the resolution to continue supporting Saraki was taken at a meeting on Sunday
The Senators, he said, believed that the case against the Senate President was politically motivated.
The statement reads in part, “Following a meeting held in Abuja yesterday (Sunday) by some Senators and the wide consultations with our colleagues in which we reviewed last Friday’s decision of the Supreme Court in the appeal on the preliminary matters filed by the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on the charges filed against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), we hereby resolve as follows:
“That from the beginning of the trial last September, we have declared that this case is not about any fight against corruption. It is simply a case of political vendetta.
“Our position remains the same. We still believe that the case is politically motivated.
“We also noted that the decision of the Supreme Court given last Friday was on preliminary matters arising from the commencement of the trial.
“The trial proper is yet to begin. And since the fundamental principle in our legal system is that a defendant is deemed innocent until proven guilty, we have decided to patiently observe the proceedings until the case runs its full circle in the nation’s final judicial forum.
“It is on this ground that we want to state categorically that there is no basis for the call on the Senate President to resign until after the matter is decided in that final judicial forum. Such a call at this time is premature, mischievous and unwarranted.”