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CCT Trial: Saraki Won’t Resign Unless Convicted, Says Senate Leader

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The Senate Leader, Ali Ndume on Tuesday said that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki will not step down from the number three position unless convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

He made the remark while speaking with State House correspondents after leading some senators to a meeting with the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Senate Leader also noted that it would be hasty to condemn the Senate President before the outcome of the tribunal’s trial since he has not been pronounced guilty.

Ndume insisted that the closed door meeting with the Acting President was not to find a political solution to the travail of the Senate President but to solidarize with the Acting President.

On possibility of Nigerians believing his visit to Villa was to seek political solution to Saraki’s travail, he said: “It is not new for people to read meaning. Are you saying that the Senate President should be convicted before the trial?

“In our constitution, you are considered innocent until proven guilty,” he added.

Speaking on the reason for their visit, he said: “This government is our government. I am the Senate Leader in this government, so my coming here today is not supposed to be a new thing. My coming here should even be more regular.

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“This is not the first time we are coming here. But this is the first time we are having the Vice President as acting President. That is one of the reasons why we are here.

“This is because we are setting a new example. During the previous government, the President will just go and leave the place blank,” he said.

Continuing, he said: “But this time around when our President goes for a few days, he transmitted to all Nigerians that the Vice President is to act as the President. So we came for the regular consultation. There is nothing new about it and we will be doing more of this.

“You should expect me to be coming here. Now we have the budget as work in progress; we have we have the new Money Laundering Bill before the Senate, we have many things we are looking at. We have come to come and consult on these,” he stated.

Among those who accompanied Ndume included Dino Melaye and Abdullahi Adamu.


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