By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Forum of Legislative Aides to the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has hailed the Supreme Court judgment that discharged and acquitted him of allegations of false assets declaration.
The forum said that the landmark judgment was a vindication of Saraki’s persistent claim that the assets declaration charges were trumped up charges and politically motivated.
In a statement signed by the Kwara Central Coordinator of the Senate President’s Legislative Aides Forum, Alhaji AbdulRasaq Oba Bolanta, the forum said it had always been its belief that Saraki would be vindicated at the end of the day, knowing full well that the former Kwara state governor is an upright and incorruptible politician.
It, therefore, thanked the Nigerian judiciary for standing by the truth in discharging and acquitting the Senate President, not minding the vested interest of the powerful cabal that orchestrated the Code of Conduct Tribunal’s trial.
“It gladdens our hearts that the judicial officers, right from the CCT through the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court did a thorough job, stand by the truth and refused to be rail roaded into perverting the course of justice. The judiciary has indeed proved that it’s the last hope of not only the common man but also the oppressed, ” the Forum stated.
It added that the apex court’s judgment has affirmed what Kwarans have always contended that Saraki was completely innocent of all the charges that the presidency had been slamming on him since 2015.
The forum thanked the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu- Gambari, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad, the All Progressives Congress ( APC) leadership in the state led by Hon. Ishola Balogun-Fulani, APC chieftains and supporters and well-meaning individuals and groups across the country for standing with Saraki while the trial lasted.
It assured the Senate President of the continued loyalty and support of the legislative aides and prayed God to further elevate him to a higher political office.