An alliance of over 20 Civil Society Organisations, the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, among others, have hailed the Supreme Court judgment which put to rest the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki on false assets declaration and sundry charges instituted against him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in 2015.
They described the apex court ruling as a triumph of justice and a pointer to the neutrality of the judiciary in the country. Meanwhile, scores of supporters of the Senate President, especially women and youths, on Friday thronged to the streets of Ilorin, Kwara State capital, to celebrate Saraki’s win at the Supreme Court.
The crowd later gathered at the palace of the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, where the monarch and many members of the Ilorin emirate community offered special prayers to show gratitude to God over the verdict. The Emir hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict, while thanking the women and youths for their show of love and affection for Saraki, whom he described as “his beloved son.”
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, in a statement noted that the judgment has vindicated Saraki as a “trustworthy and patriotic Nigerian that would do everything necessary to carry the country to an enviable height.”
The Publicity Secretary of the factional APC in the state, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, also said that the apex court’s judgment is a victory for democracy and a landmark verdict on “the incorruptible credentials of Saraki.” The National Publicity Secretary of the Reformed All Progressives Congress, Kassim Afegbua, said the judgment was a confirmation of the “long-held notion that the prosecution of the Senate President was politically motivated.”