Yoruba Youth group has stated that the on-going trial of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Bureau, can mar the anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group, Yoruba Youth Alliance, who spoke through its National President, Mr. Jackson Ojo, said the trial was more of a witch-hunt than anti-corruption crusade.
It is rumored that Mr Saraki’s travails is due to his emergence as senate president against the wish of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
“The whole world is watching and monitoring everything now. We are suspecting a sponsored allegation against Saraki just because of his clever emergence as the Senate President as against the decision and calculation of some oligarchic and autocratic leaders in the APC.
“One thing I want people to be cautious of is the outcome of the Saraki travails. If it is not openly and transparently handled, it will boomerang on the party, the APC, and will eventually put the corruption crusade of Buhari into a serious ridicule.
“Saraki is not above the law and should not be treated as one, but they should allow things to operate transparently” Punch reports.
Ojo maintained that CCB was been used to harras the former Kwara state governor stressing that Saraki
“I make bold to condemn the travail of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in the hands of Code of Conduct Bureau. Although, it is normal for the CCB to do its jobs without fear or favour and without minding whose ox is gored, this however should be done transparently and without sentiments.
“Senator Saraki, who declared his assets to the CCB as a governor in the year 2003 and repeated the same in the year 2007, and as a senator in the year 2011 without any complains, the same Saraki is now guilty of the error or mistakes or dubious declarations he committed over 12 years ago.”
Ojo however said Saraki should be punished according to the law if found guilty, but added that the trial should not be done in a manner which would portray the agency as an attack dog of the APC.
In the same light, Dr Tunji Braithwaite has slammed the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government over its purported fight against corruption in the country.
The politician who held sway in the second republic, stated categorically that the Nigerian president is yet to kick-start his fight against corruption in the country stressing that the trial is only a waste of time
Following the unrest which has met the trial of Saraki at the CCT, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presented three candidates with which they want to replace the Senate President in the event that he is impeached.
This is also as a result of incessant calls by different groups that the senator resign due to the allegations leveled against him.