The Senator representing Bauchi Central District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Isa Hamma Misau, said yesterday that Senate President Bukola Saraki is looking beyond his case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), and working towards 2019.
Reacting to a report in which it was stated that the Senate Majority leader, Ali Ndume; ex-Governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. Were all eyeing Saraki’s seat, Misau said the CCT case was dead, and that the Senate president was in firm control of the upper legislative chamber, to the extent that he could not be edged out.
“Saraki’s camp is very powerful and even if he is going, he will be the one to determine who succeeds him. We, in his camp, are not thinking of Saraki going, we are thinking of 2019 when he will emerge for the second time and consolidate on the legislative works he is doing. Our thinking is beyond this tenure because of his performance.
“His case at the CCT is political because even those who are with serious cases are moving freely around the country. Saraki’s case is not embezzlement or misappropriation of funds. His is a case of under or over declaration of assets.
“As you know, it is an old case brought forward to pull him down. At what time did they realise that he committed this offence? He was at the Senate in 2011, without immunity, and they didn’t come up with it. Why now when he is the Senate president? But whatever it may be, it is a dead issue”, Misau, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy, said in a phone interview with Daily Trust.
Our correspondent reports that Saraki’s case at the CCT, where he is standing trial on a 13-count charge of false assets declaration while he was governor of Kwara State, is coming up tomorrow.