The President of the Senate Bukola Saraki has said that his case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, was not strong and that it will fail at the end.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Trust on Sunday, Mr. Saraki said though he and his loyalists were not happy with the trial, it would not be a subject of negotiation aimed at ending executive-senate rift.
The federal government dragged Mr. Saraki before the CCB over false asset declaration and other corruption allegations in 2015, not long after he defied his party, the All Progressives Congress to contest and win Senate leadership, with strong support from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
“When that case started, if you go by the drums at that time, that case now as far as I am concerned is almost gone,” said Mr. Saraki in the interview.
The Senate-Executive rift which was brought more to the fore when the legislature suspended confirmation of presidential nominees for the positions of Resident Electoral Commissioners over the former’s refusal to sack acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, whose appointment the Senate twice refused to confirm.
Some senators reportedly told the leadership of the All Progressives Congress who met with them that Mr. Saraki’s case at the CCT had to be dropped for there to be a smooth working relationship between the executive and the legislature.
But when Mr. Saraki was pressed for comment against the backdrop of the alleged demand, he said “no”; his trial would not form the basis of any negotiation to address the strained relationship between the two arms of government.
“No, no. I have never made it an issue and I do not intend to make it an issue,” Mr. Saraki said in the interview.