Lagos based Civil Society Organisation, has faulted Wednesday’s ruling
of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, which acquitted and discharged the
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and accused the Federal Government of
compromising its anti-graft stance.
have alleged that the group is sympathetic to the National Leader of
the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu.
”The judgement is a slap on Tinubu, who fought for the victory of APC during the 2015 election”, the group said.
Executive Chairman of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open
Leadership, CACOL, Debo Adeniran, disclosed this via a statement signed
by its Media Coordinator, Wale Salami.
recalled, that the CCT today upheld the no-case submission made by
Saraki, thereby discharging him of the false and anticipatory assets
declaration charge leveled against him, since September 2015, by the
Adeniran, said the ruling only but re-affirmed the existence of corruption in the Judiciary.
Judiciary that is supposed to be the last hope of masses, is the most
disappointing, given the speed with which it has been discharging and
acquitting suspected corruption criminals”, he said.
stated further: “We view the judgment as a political one, achieved by
the so-called anti-corruption-focused APC-led Federal Government, for
the purpose of settling its intra-party wrangling and discontent.
ruling is a big indictment on the government’s anti-corruption drive,
given that Saraki’s case had been one of the most prominent and most
vigorously pursued ones, out of the several corruption cases being
prosecuted by the FG.”
added that the ruling also: “validates the fact that the present
government is corruption-compliant holistically; a situation where the
Executive, Legislature, and the Judiciary arms are disappointing deeply
involved, with the exception of President Muhammadu Buhari, whose
commitment to anti-corruption has for long been beyond reasonable