The on-going trial of Dr. Bukola Saraki, President of the Nigerian Senate has sharply caused a division in the All Progressives Congress (APC) as some leaders of the party and federal lawmakers who were earlier bent on his prosecution are prevailing on the party leadership and the federal government to soft pedal on the matter.
Saraki is being prosecuted before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on 13 counts of false asset declaration which he allegedly made while serving as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.
Independent learnt that when Saraki’s trouble started in September 2015, majority of the leaders in APC were in full support of the trial given the way the former Kwara state governor allegedly betrayed his party and teamed up with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators alongside some APC senators to emerge President of the Senate. The arrangement also produced a PDP senator, Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President. But today, some of the party leaders are singing a different tune.
The Presidency under the command of President Muhamamadu Buhari has not hidden its dislike for Saraki since his emergence on June 9, 2015. The All Progressives Congress (APC) had objected strongly to Saraki contesting the position and also adopted Senator Ahmad Lawan as its preferred candidate. But Saraki shocked the party and the Presidency by emerging the Senate President against their desire.
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