20 political parties ask CCT chairman to withdraw from Saraki’s trial

Senate President Bukola Saraki has been advised by the Labour Party and 19 other political parties to pursue the business of clearing his name with all the opportunities availed him within the laws of the country despite his suspicions that his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal is a political witch-hunt.

The parties also weighed-in on the conduct of the CCT chairman, Danladi Umar and concluded that the chairman has so far conducted the trial, as a part of the prosecution than an unbiased judge.

The parties, at a press briefing in Abuja, on Wednesday, April 27, also described as suspicious the “clearance” letter given to Umar by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the allegations of bribery leveled against him and advised the CCT chairman to excuse himself from the trial while a neutral person takes over in his place.

The National Chairman of the LP, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, who addressed the press on behalf of the other political parties, said the briefing became necessary due to the current happenings within the country.

Abdulsalam said that the coalition of opposition parties strongly believe that the ongoing trial of Saraki at the CCT carries grave implications for the survival of democracy and the current administration’s stand against corruption.

“We want to put it on record that we are solidly behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption; a fight that we believe is crucial to the survival of our country.”

“We however wish to note that this is not the first time that a President of this country would be declaring a war against corruption.”

“In fact, the reason corruption is still a primary issue for the Buhari administration is that previous attempts have not been as successful as they should be.”

“We also believe that he must avail himself of the opportunities available to him in our laws, regardless of the conspiracies he may have suspected.”

Abdulsalam said the LP and the other political parties had faith in the sincerity of the judiciary to ensure that no one is punished unjustly no matter the weight of the accusations against him.

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