Reactions have continued to trail the Supreme Court judgement acquitting the Senate President, Bukola Saraki of all charges brought against him by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The latest reaction comes from President Muhammadu Buhari who hailed the Judiciary and the Senate President saying his decision to rely on the judicial process to clear his name of the accusations levelled against him by the CCT was worth emulating.
He said the judgement was proof that the Country’s Judicial system was working despite its numerous challenges and implored that no individual should be allowed to undermine the Judiciary. He said…
“I have seen many instances where individuals and groups seek the destruction of the judicial institution in the foolish thinking of saving their skin, instead of going through the painstaking process of establishing their innocence”.
“In the case of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, I have seen him take the tortuous path of using the judicial process. He persevered, and in the end, the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court, says he is not guilty as charged.”
Dr Bukola Saraki had been tried by the Code of Conduct Tribunal which acquitted him of the charges against him, but the Federal Government rejected the ruling and headed to the Court of Appeal instead.
In its ruling, the Court of Appeal had asked the Senate President to be retried on three counts of false assets declaration. This ruling prompted him to take his case to the Supreme Court which upheld his appeal.
President Buhari believes the Senate President’s journey from the lowest to the highest court of the land provides an important example that all Nigerians should emulate.
According to him, “This is what I have done in the three elections in which I was cheated out, before God made it possible for me to come here the fourth time I ran for the office.”
The Senate President has thanked his supporters for the support for the last three years fighting what he described as politically motivated charges which has wasted time and resources of the government for three years.
“I thank Nigerians for standing by me through the difficult period of this trial. The support of ordinary Nigerians and their faith in me, as well as their sophistication and discernment in seeing this case for what it was has been a source of strength to me”… He said.