Following media reports about the grand conspiracy to shop for another Senate President, should the obvious happen to the embattled Dr. Bukola Saraki due to the ongoing trial at Code of Conduct Tribunal, a number of 6 Senators, yesterday reechoed their unflinching support for the President of the Senate, The Daily Sun Newspaper says.
`The six senators, who openly declared their support for Saraki, represent less than 10 per cent of the total population of lawmakers in the Red Chamber.
The six lawmakers are: Rafiu Ibrahim; Peter Nwaoboshi; Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Isa Hamma Misau Samuel Anyanwu and Lanre Tejuoso.
The senators, in a statement, said there was no truth about claims in some quarters that some lawmakers were discussing or thinking about Saraki’s successor because there was no basis for that.
Saraki is the only Senate President who, in less than one year, had votes of confidence passed on him by 85 of 109 Senators.
“If we have a motion for confidence vote today, we are sure that 90 Senators will endorse the Senate President.
“Let us make it clear, our position remains the same. The case against Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, is not a case of corruption. It is a case of political persecution. Again, he remains innocent until the case has gone through the final floor of the judicial architecture. We have no doubt that the mischief will fail and so we are solidly behind him.”
“We want to alert the public that this is the typical method that those detractors of the Senate President have employed since the beginning of the case last September.
We continue to stand by Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and nothing will change that,” the senators stated.
News Punch earlier reported that some lawmakers within the All Progressives Congress (APC) were plotting to replace him. The report revealed that there is an ongoing alliance within some senators loyal to Saraki and their opponent at the Unity Forum, Loyal to Ahmed Lawan t shop for Saraki's successor, envisaging that the trial at CCT may not be pleasant, having exhausted every move to quash it but to no avail.