Assets Declaration: Ex-lawmakers rejoice over Apex Court exoneration of Saraki


Forum of Former Members of Kwara State House of Assembly under the banner of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), has applauded the judgement of the Supreme Court exonerating the President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, of alleged false assets declaration.

It declared that the verdict has laid to rest sustained political persecution by some forces in the Party, which was cloaked in anti-corruption crusade.

A statement issued by the Chairman and Secretary of the Forum, Hon. Layi Ayinde and Hon. Isiaka Mogaji, respectively and made available to Journalists in Ilorin, said the apex court judgment was long foreseen and predicted.

The statement described the judgement as landmark in the nation’s democratic experience and an indication that no matter how long falsehood races, truth shall catch up with it in no time.

The Forum stated that the Senate President has become a force to reckon with in the national political process and urged those in the corridor of powers to tolerate dissent voices instead of resorting to the usual “pull him down syndrome”.

The statement said Saraki, throughout his eight years tenure as Governor of Kwara State, institutionalised transparency and accountability in running the affairs of Kwara State and wondered why some politicians in the guise of unfashionable trial wanted to manipulate judiciary to settle personal scores with him.

The Former Lawmakers admonished the political class and those they referred to as power mongers, to realise that what goes around would surely come around.

The statement praised the Judiciary, particularly the five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Dattijo Muhammad, who unanimously upheld Saraki’s appeal, by dismissing the reminant three counts and consequently declaring the evidence led by the FG prosecution as hearsay.

The Forum further commended the panel for upholding the truth, justice and standing firm in the face of assault and intimidation while the trial lasted, saying that the verdict of the apex court was a testimony that the judicial organ is a bastion of hope for the oppressed.

The Forum, however felicitated with the Senate President over the verdict that vindicated him of his politically motivated persecution and assured him of its unflinching support and solidarity at all times.

It thanked the people of the State and other well wishers for their prayers and support to the scion of Saraki dynasty, declaring that there was no substitute for the truth.



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