By JAMES EZEMA
The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has said the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja has vindicated his position.
The Tribunal on Wednesday discharged and acquitted him on a case of false declaration of assets, which started in September 2015.
After the Judgement, the President of the Senate reacted on his twitter handle, saying, “you would recall that at the beginning of the trial, I maintained that I will clear my name.
“The conclusion of this trial has vindicated my position.
“With the outcome of this case, our faith is renewed in our courts.
“Our hope is restored that the judiciary in our country could indeed provide sanctuary for all those who seek justice.
“I thank the Almighty Allah, the ultimate Judge and the repository of all powers. He alone has brought about this victory.
“I am immensely grateful to all my colleagues in the National Assembly for their abiding support.
“All through my trial, they demonstrated their strong conviction about the choice we all decided to make two years ago”, he said.
He thanked members of hi family for their unflinching support as well as his friends and supporters at home in Kwara, and across the length and breadth of Nigeria for their prayers.
“My gratitude also goes to all the members of my legal team for their tireless efforts to ensure that the cause of justice was served”, he said.
The tribunal had held that the evidence proffered against Saraki by the federal government was bereft of probate value and manifestly unreliable to hold the charges against the defendant.
Delivering ruling in a no case submission made by Mr. Kanu Agabi SAN on behalf of Saraki, chairman of the tribunal Mr. Danladi Yakubu Umar said the prosecution at the close of the case failed to establish a prima facie case against the defendant.
The Tribunal chairman noted that the four witnesses called by the prosecution to testify in the matter gave contradictory evidence that were manifestly unreliable to convict the defendant or order him to enter his defense.