Why Saraki must resign his position as Senate President – Femi Falana, SAN

Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), Human rights lawyer on Saturday asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to resign his position in order to preserve the integrity of the National Assembly.

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Falana in an interview said the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court would add value to the battle against corruption.

Citing an instance involving a former Senate President, the late Chuba Okadigbo, Falana asked Saraki to resign having undertaken to prove his innocence before the CCT.

He said, “Having undertaken to prove his innocence at the Code of Conduct Trubunal Senator Saraki should resign as senate president so as to preserve the integrity of the National Assembly.

“When Senators Chuba Okadigbo and Adolphus Wabara were indicted they were made to step down as senate presidents.”

This comes amid indications that senators opposed to the Senate President under the aegis of the Senate Unity Forum, had regrouped to force Saraki out of the seat.

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The Supreme Court had on Friday dismissed the appeal by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging the validity of his trial on charges of assets declaration preferred against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

A seven-man panel of the apex court presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, unanimously ruled that Saraki’s appeal against the jurisdiction of the trial and competence of the charges lacked merit.

Justice Wallter Onnoghen, who read the lead judgment, held that contrary to Saraki’s contention, the Danladi Umar-led Code of Conduct Tribunal was validly constituted by two members.

Justice Onnoghen also held that the tribunal was by the provisions of its enabling laws and the Constitution conferred with the quasi-criminal jurisdiction and thus could validly issue bench warrant.

He thus held that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 was applicable to the proceedings of the tribunal. Saraki, who said the Supreme Court judgment was disappointing, however, said he would have his day in court and that “at the end of the day, truth will prevail and justice will be served.”

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15 Comments

  1. I don’t know why people hate to say the truth , how possible on earth for someone to hide behind one finger? Saraki himself knows the truth, he should just resign and face the challenges.

  2. Falana is a lawyer, Saraki is a politician,Mere looking at it in a court of law, saraki is guilty of the false declaration of asset,so he don’t have any right to hold any public office again, thats what Falana is trying to pick out while Saraki is using his political lies to cover everything up.

  3. It’s so saddened we’re not yet there. Every reasonable person ought to appreciate Falana for standing by the truth. If he needs money, he might have being d one defending these “heartless” people.

  4. Education empowers the mind to think logically and the mouth to speak intelligently. What I read here is unbelievable. It can’t happen in a society where dignity and integrity prevails. A public officer shouldn’t be told to resign at this stage before he does so and some folks are just talking like they really understand the magnitude of this issue. Now I know why some political elite discourage western education.

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