MOST lawmakers at the National Assembly are convinced that the ongoing trial of the Senate President is more of persecution than prosecution, hence the overwhelming backing from them.
The lawmakers Thursday suspended plenary over Saraki’s assets declaration trial, citing the circumstances surrounding the trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Deputy Leader of the Senate, Ibn Na’Allah, who spoke on behalf of the leadership of the 8th Senate Friday, said the senate viewed the trial as a ‘’political trial than a trial intended specifically for the purpose for which it should be done.’’
“But if it is prosecution, every senator of the federal republic believes and rightly so, that this government must be given all the necessary assistance it requires to fight corruption,’’ Na’Allah said.
He also noted that the prosecution of the former Kwara State Governor over alleged offences he committed 13 years ago could not be seen as part of the ongoing anti-corruption campaign.
“It may be wrong, it may be right, but the circumstances of the trial and for the reason that the subject matter of the trial occurred about 12 or 13 years ago, you cannot fault the senators if they come to that conclusion.
“I am not so sure that you can say that the substantial number of people who believe that this trial is wrong can, at the same time, be said to be wrong.