President Muhammadu Buhari says he has no hands in the on-going trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
He therefore insisted, that Saraki’s trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, over allegation of false asset declaration was nothing but a judicial process.
According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, it warned linking the President with Saraki’s trial, with an addition that Buhari had no hand in the trial.
The presidential media aide further argued that there was no provision in the law which mandates the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to take instructions from any quarters.
Shehu further described as uninformed, the suggestions that the CCT, which was equal to any superior court of record, could only act upon external instigation.
The statement said, “As an independent institution equal to any superior court of record, the tribunal is set up by the Constitution to determine the issue of default, false declaration or forgery in assets declaration. This therefore is purely a judicial process and has nothing to do with the Presidency.
It would be recalled that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had on Saturday blamed the Federal Government (FG) of desperate moves to sack Saraki as President of the Senate.
PDP specifically in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, argued that Buhari was intolerant, particularly over the treatment being meted out to Saraki.
However, Shehu said, “If anyone has an axe to grind with what they (CCB and CCT) are doing, they should do it in a judicial manner by challenging those actions in a proper court of law. Let them hire a good team of lawyers to prove their innocence. Government has no desire to persecute anybody.
“The President has vowed to respect the rule of law and this is what he is doing by staying out of this matter. He has said times without number that the war against corruption has no sacred cows.
“Even if the President wants to help, there is no way he can do anything. Is he going to ask the judge to stop the trial?
“The President has sworn to an oath to protect the Constitution and will not violate that oath.”