According to reports, Members of both the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in the Senate held secret caucus meetings outside the National Assembly complex on Tuesday.
The meetings were said to be part of the search for a likely successor to the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The trial of the Kwara Central Senatorial District representative began at the Code of Conduct Tribunal after all options by his team of legal experts to secure an adjournment of the case failed.
It was learnt that only 23 senators, comprising mainly members of the PDP, were with the Senate President in court while majority of his colleagues in the APC stayed away.
A group of the APC senators, who were said to have met secretly somewhere in the Asokoro area of the city, were said to have agreed to plead with Saraki to resign his position.
A Senator, who attended the meeting, told the newsmen on condition of anonymity that they reviewed the proceedings at the court and concluded that the CCT judges might convict Saraki based on the evidence before them.
He said, “We are trying to see how we can guarantee a soft-landing arrangement for the Senate President and we believe that the best thing for him would be to resign honourably now and face his trial.”
Attempts to speak with the senators to know their individual positions on the issue failed as those contacted refused to speak on record.
Meanwhile, Saraki said he was glad that his trial before the CCT on false asset declaration had finally commenced.
The Senate President stated this in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja.
Saraki believed that the Tuesday’s proceedings at the court had given him the confidence that if the trial was conducted fairly, he would be vindicated.