SARAKI: THE TWISTS, THE TURNS, THE WINNERS & THE LOSERS

By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye

 

Any issue of national importance, no matter how popular and progressively designed, so far it is not borne out of the passion for nation building, will always end in comatose.

 

I love true change. I love to fight with passion. I will never hide under technicality to fight for merit. I fight based on ideological conviction.

 

Let me say expressly that the corruption allegations slammed against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki at Code of Conduct Tribunal was never about the fight against corruption. It was never about the poverty ridden Nigerian people. It was about POWER PLAY.

 

The charges were put together because Saraki disrespected some people to run for the position of Senate President, an act that did not contradict the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended and that the Saraki’s accusers once perpetrated.

 

THE BEGINING OF THE HORSETRADING

The people who wanted to nail Saraki knew fighting him through the conventional court may be a herculean task; hence resorted to the unconventional court that they can manipulate.

 

Those who wanted to get rid of Saraki first ensured that their man is appointed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). And immediately they got the position, the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) was commissioned to file fraud charges against Bukola Saraki at Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

 

Both the CCB and CCT are administrative agencies accountable to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

 

Meanwhile, the case at CCT started with high momentum. Nigerians were happy that one of those who had looted and misappropriated their commonwealth is about to be caged.

 

SARAKI FIRES BACK

However, series of delayed tactics were applied by Saraki. Applications upon applications were filed at Appeal and Supreme Courts respectively which delayed the trial.

 

As the case was progressing, Saraki was losing hope in the Chairman of CCT, Umar Danladi.

 

Danladi was reportedly being supervised and tele-guided by The SGF, Lawal Barbachir who wants Saraki nailed at all cost. Corruption was fighting corruption.

 

Nonetheless, Saraki boys moved to get Barbachir out of job. Lawal whose office oversees the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps all over the federation was caught by Saraki boys led by Senator Shehu Sani of Kaduna Central in the web of awarding a contract to cut grass at ONLY one IDPs camp to his company for #270million.

 

And after much twists and turns, Saraki boys triumphed over Lawal Barbachir. President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Lawal to pave way for the investigation of the allegations of fraud levelled against him.

 

As Barbachir was bowing out of office, Saraki boys rejoiced. And as SGF was bowing out in shame, the CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar promptly pledged his loyalty to Saraki goons and TODAY, the rest is history.

 

The moral of the story is that Saraki won because the charges against him were not borne of out the passion to get Nigeria rid of corruption. It was a mere power play between him and his fellow gladiators who are equally guilty of the allegations they slammed against Saraki.

 

Above all, Both Saraki and his accusers are winners. They have nothing to lose. They will always settle their scores. The losers here are the NIGERIAN DOWNTRODDEN and those who ever thought the case against Saraki was part of the move to sanitize Nigeria. God bless Nigeria.

 

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