Some members of the Senate Unity Forum have asked Bukola Saraki, the embattled Senate President, to honourably resign his position and name a credible senator among his loyalists as his successor in case he is found guilty and convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
It can be recalled that Saraki is currently facing trial at the CCT over allegations of false, anticipated and outright non-declaration of assets while he was Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.
Reports gathered that while his loyalists in both the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in the Senate believed that Saraki was being persecuted by his political enemies within his party, SUF members have maintained that Saraki should resign if he is found guilty of corruption at the trial.
Members of the SUF had opposed Saraki’s emergence as Senate President. However, many of Saraki’s supporters in the senate had vowed to ‘swim and drown’ with Saraki, saying they would resist any attempt by their opponents to move for his impeachment.
But some of the anti – Saraki senators, who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, ruled out any form of impeachment against Saraki.
They said their request to the senate president was to honourably resign his position and anoint a successor in order to save the image of the Senate as an institution.
Spokesperson for the Senate Unity Forum, a group of the anti – Saraki senators, Kabir Marafa, said Saraki should be the one to determine whether to resign or not.
Marafa, who stated that his opinion was personal, said, “Since the Senate President has chosen not to resign, he is free to continue in office provided he could bear the moral burden.”
As of Friday, it was not certain that the senators were mounting any pressure on Saraki to resign as some of them maintained that the senate president remained innocent until proven otherwise by the CCT.