The Code of Conduct Bureau has filed a 13-count charge against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Saraki is said to have made false declaration of his assets. But Saraki has retorted, saying that the charges are frivolous and mostly false.
However, Saraki shall be docked Friday September 18 in Abuja to face the charges, which include false declaration of assets, alleged acquisition of assets beyond his legitimate earnings and keeping foreign accounts while holding public office first as Kwara State governor in 2003 and later as a senator.
Saraki described the charges as frivolous. He told reporters in Abuja Wednesday, “each time you fight corruption, the system will fight you.”
Saraki asked why the Code of Conduct Bureau is just claiming to have woken up from its slumber 13 years after the said assets declaration.
“There is no doubt that it is mischievous. It is not current. The issues are not true. As far as we are concerned, we are not shaken. We will focus on what we have come to do as elected by my colleagues to do in the interest of the country” he said.
One reason the Bureau kept silent for 13 years could probably be that Saraki was in the ruling party, PDP, which ruled Nigeria for 16 years and has been copiously accused of being a very corrupt regime. But like the proverbial cat with nine lives, Saraki is still sitting pretty, this time as Nigeria’s No. 3 citizen and has switched parties so conveniently to find himself still in the ruling party – now APC.