We Won’t Leave Saraki In Time Of Trial – Says, PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has passed a veto of confidence on the embattled Senate president, Bukola Saraki, assuring that it will support him in his time of trial.Senate President, Bukola Saraki

The main opposition party said that it is not considering replacing Saraki with its own candidate saying the current occupier is fit to hold that office notwithstanding his current trail at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which it described as a political trial.

There have been calls especially from labour unions for Saraki to resign his position based on moral grounds.

Speaking to The Punch, the national publicity secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, on Sunday, September 28, said Saraki’s trial is political and his party will not abandon the Senate president until it understudy the merit of the case.

Metuh said: “We have no candidate for the office of the Senate President, because we have a fit person occupying the position for now.

“We are behind him and we can’t abandon him just because he is undergoing trial. Anybody can be put on trial, but the question we should ask is whether the trial is political or not.

“Does the trial have merit? When we see the merit of the case, we will take position. But for now, there is nothing like that.”

Saraki is currently facing a 13-count charge over false assets declaration as governor between 2003 and 2011.

There are rumours making the rounds that deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweramdu, a PDP member, was already making moves with some senators to replace Saraki.

Among those that were speculated to replace Saraki from the main opposition party are former Senate president, David Mark and former Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio.

The APC has 59 senators while the PDP has 49. While 50 APC senators were waiting for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the international conference centre, the united PDP and some 9 APC senators voted for Saraki which was against the earlier directive of the APC.

Speaking further on whether to replace Saraki, PDP spokesman said: “We are not even thinking of replacement for Saraki for now. The National Assembly is a separate arm of the government just like the judiciary and the executive.

“Is anyone thinking that there would be leadership change in the executive and the judiciary?

“Are they not independent of the other? What we are interested in is that all the three arms of government must be allowed to function independently of the other. We are saying there shouldn’t be any interference.”

Meanwhile, a fresh report had revealed that senators under the Senate unity forum have started to woo senators loyal to Saraki as a prelude to his impeachment.

It was believed that the group in this new move had already gotten the support of 12 pro-Saraki senators who are mainly members of the PDP.