The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has described as false allegations that he plans to disrupt his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) with thugs.
This is contained in a statement issued by Bamikole Omishore, Special Assistant on New Media, in Abuja on Wednesday.
Saraki said that the allegation by a group, ‘Citizens United for Peace and Stability’ was untrue.
He said the group’s statement entitled ‘Security Alert! – Bukola Saraki Finally Declares War On The Nigerian State’ alleged planned use of thugs from Kwara State to scuttle the trial.
“The statement is false, malicious and aimed at further degrading the hard-earned image of Sen. Bukola Saraki after their planned sponsored protest failed.
“It is worrisome that aggrieved politicians opposed to Saraki’s emergence as the president of the Senate, having failed to remove him, now resort to cheap blackmail by concocting lies.
“The individuals mentioned in the statement to be planning the sinister move are prominent Nigerians who respect the rule of law and stand strongly behind the senate president.
“In this regard, this is a cheap attempt to intimidate supporters of the president of the senate,’’ he said.
He said that the group had earlier circulated messages at different times requesting for funds for different political gatherings.
Saraki said that the group had been in the habit of peddling falsehood and deceiving unsuspecting Nigerians and had not lived up to its name of maintaining ‘peace’ and ‘stability’.
“Sen. Bukola Saraki is a law abiding citizen who had demonstrated the utmost respect for the judicial system by taking the pain to attend and defend himself at the tribunal.
“Moreover, Sen. Saraki, despite his trial at the CCT has continued to perform his constitutional duties as the senate president.
“It is, therefore, a gratuitous insult to the Office of the Senate President, and the personalities of the patriotic and decent individuals for this organisation to link them with tales of acts of gangsterism.
“This propaganda by his political opponents is not new and we urge law abiding citizens to disregard the body, its sponsors and promoters.
“This is the time to for everybody to forget our narrow, self-serving interest, dissuade the manipulation of state institutions to achieve personal and partisan objectives,” he said.
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