by Alexander O. Onukwue
While Nigerians continue to react to the dismissal of the Saraki Trial by the Code of Conduct Trial, two persons who have been involved in the matter have set up their own ring and are having a bout.
To be fair, it has been largely one-directional in terms of the personal jabs thrown. Bamikole Omisore, the special assistant on New Media to the Senate President is taking on the publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore over the allegation by the online news platform that Dr Saraki had “settled” the tribunal with a whopping $2m.
Mr Omisore has been livid about this, and has serially tweeted for the best part of 6 HOURS. He has accused of demanding $1m in order noted to defame his boss, Saraki, while drawing in various other sources that have had allegedly said some other things untoward about Sowore.
SaharaReporters, on the evening of Tuesday, had published that the ruling on Saraki’s trial Wednesday morning would be “no case”. It would turn out to be so. However, the additional claim of an alleged financial inducement to sway the decision of the court has come from Sowore’s medium, without any proofs offered yet.
Senator Saraki has not responded to the claims by SaharaReporters. He retweeted one of the tweets by his aide, Omisore, directed at condemning the claim by the online platform.
With the meat of Saraki’s case now consumed, the scrap between Omisore and Yele Sowore now appears like it is providing some kind of a closing ceremony to the hostilities of the past 23 months. Allegations of ‘hand-softening’ from the side of Saraki towards journalists have been mentioned by some persons during the period. With the final rubber-stamp putting paid to the main issue involving his boss, the chief spokesman now appears firm to go all out to meet the attackers.