An anti-graft group, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), has described, as a product of political expediency, the acquittal of Senate President, Mr. Bukola Saraki, of false assets declaration charges by the the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). In a statement signed by Mr. Wale Salami, its media coordinator, the group said Mr. Saraki's discharge and acquittal are very disturbing and a sign of compromise by the federal government.
"We view the judgment as a political one achieved by the so-called anti-corruption-focused APC-led federal government for the purpose of settling its intra-party wrangling and discontent. The ruling is a big indictment on the government’s anti-corruption drive, given that Saraki’s case had been of the most prominent and most vigorously pursued one out of the several corruption cases being prosecuted by the Federal Government," said CACOL.
The group said it had, for long, suspected that Mr. Saraki’s corruption cases were going to be sacrificed on the altar of political necessity because of the manoeuvers and intrigues that characterized it right from the start.