The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State has described the Supreme Court judgment of Friday, which went against Senate President Bukola Saraki, as disappointing, surprising and shocking.
Saraki had filed an appeal to stop his trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over 13-count false asset declaration charge brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) when he was governor of Kwara State in 2003.
The apex court, in a unanimous verdict of a seven-man bench led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, dismissed the Senate president’s appeal to stop the trial and asked him to submit himself for prosecution.
It said the appeal lacked merit.
Reacting to the ruling in a statement yesterday, the Kwara APC spokesperson, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, urged the party’s supporters and members to remain calm.
The statement reads in part: “Kwara APC, therefore, reiterates its position that the ordeal of the Senate President is not an anti-corruption driven case, but a politically-motivated prosecution aimed at undermining the person and the office of the Senate President.
”Kwara APC acknowledges and appreciates the resilience, loyalty and support shown thus far by our teeming members and supporters.
”The party urges its members to embrace calmness, peace and tranquility ýas the innocence of the Senate President will be proved in due course and justice will prevail over political shenanigans”.