Saraki’s CCT Trial, APC Paying Saraki With Evil – APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary
The leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) at the weekend got a knock over its position on the continued trial of Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Saraki is facing trial by the CCT over an alleged false declaration of assets during the period he was Governor of Kwara State.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank described the continued trial of the Senate president at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) as worrisome.
Frank noted that there were manifest flaws in the processes leading to the arraignment of Saraki, adding that it was dangerous signal that the leadership of the APC has decided to sit on the fence and watch Saraki swim or sink in this trial.
He said: “I sincerely hold that the current trial of Saraki is not only underserved, but amounts to paying a good man with evil. I also want to say that the leaders of our great party have unfortunately remained qui-et in the face of evil.
“I don’t believe we have forgotten that the victory of the APC during the last general elections could not have been possible without courageous strategists like Saraki who lent their political weight in favour of the APC at the risk of their own lives and personal survival.
“I don’t think we have forgotten so soon how Saraki led five other governors of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) into the APC- a development that successfully turned the political tide against the PDP and eventually tipped the electoral scale against them during the 2015 general elections.
The APC deputy national publicity secretariat regretted that the trial of Saraki has been politicised, wonder-ing why the Senate president’s case could be tried with reference to similar case which the CCT has tried in the past.
“The question is: Why is the case of Saraki being treated differently at the CCT that in 2011 struck out the case against one of our national leaders because he was not given the opportunity to deny or admit the alleged discrepancies in his asset declaration forms in line with Section 3(d) of the CCB/CCT Act unlike 11 other ex-governors who had similar cases of irregularities whose cases were dropped by the CCB after they were invited by the agency.”