Bukola Saraki, Ifeanyi Okowa & Ekwerenmadu

Okowa Hails CCT Ruling as victory for rule of law

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has hailed the victory of President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) was a victory for democracy and rule of law.

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In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, the Governor said: “This judgement is good for our democracy as it will further enhance Nigerians’ faith in the judiciary.” the Governor said.

He stressed that Senator Saraki’s victory depicts that the judiciary remains the bastion of hope for everyone seeking redress and added that he is glad Senator Saraki has been vindicated.

While noting that it was a “long and tortuous trial” and the case against Senator Saraki was a distraction to governance, Dr. Okowa expressed gladness that the Senate did not allow the trial to hinder their performances. Gov. Okowa then challenged the Senate President and entire members of the National Assembly to always protect the rule of law and fundamental rights of Nigerians.

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On 24 June 2017, the CCT discharged Senate President Bukola Saraki. In his ruling delivered on the “no case” submission by Mr. Saraki, the Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar ruled that the Code of Conduct Bureau had not established a prima facie case against Saraki relating to his 13-count charge of false declaration of assets brought against him by the federal government in September 2015.

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SaharaReporters claimed that it learnt of the plot to deliver a judgment in favor of Saraki a night before the judgement from cronies of the Senate President and in its late night tweet revealed that Saraki had bragged to friends that he had “settled” the judge in deal involving $2million.

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