The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has alleged that a powerful cabal within the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government had hijacked power from the retired general.
Saraki, Ekweremadu, others got bail. They were arraigned for alleged forgery of the Senate’s Standing Rules.
Saraki, in a statement signed by him in Abuja on Monday, however, reiterated his innocence in the charges preferred against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal and at the FCT High Court. Bukola Saraki expressed his willingness to go to jail instead of succumbing to the agenda of the cabal in the Buhari’s government.
Saraki accused those behind his arraignment as enemies who want to desecrate the Senate and subvert democracy. He said “I will remain true and committed to the responsibilities that my citizenship and my office impose on me. Without doubt, the highest of those responsibilities is the steadfast refusal to surrender to the subversion of our democracy and the desecration of the Senate.”
Saraki described the action of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who charged him and others to court over alleged forgery as misguided.
“This misguided action by the Attorney-General begs the question: How does this promote the public interest and benefit the nation? At a time when the whole of government should be working together to meet Nigeria’s many challenges, we are once again distracted by the executive branch’s inability to move beyond a leadership election among Senate peers.
It was not an election of Senate peers and executive branch participants.
In another statement, Ekweremadu advised those in power not to use the law as an instrument to “bludgeon innocent citizens into submitting to the untamed wishes and caprices of witch-hunters”.