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An umbrella body for Yoruba youth organizations which gave its name as the Yoruba Council of Youths, YCY, has lambasted the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, over the current prosecution of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, accusing it of displaying the hand of Esau and the voice of Jacob.
While wondering why the tribunal would wait till the present before the sudden trial, the youths’ coalition claimed that the trial was another plot by the presidency to further delay the proposed ministerial nominees screening, hence allow the President time to continue running the country alone.
President of YCY, Aremo Oladotun Hassan, who addressed a press conference in Abuja on Monday, condemned the action of the tribunal, whose conduct he said smacks of desperation for power at all costs by few oligarchs at the expense of Nigerians. He insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari was behind the trial.
According to the group, “We challenge the ways and manner of the sudden crude methodology and hasty wake of the CCB and CCT to have bracingly ordered the Inspector General of Police to arrest Senator Bukola Saraki, without due diligence fair-hearing exercise of its inherent powers, over allegation of 2003 declared assets, conclusively raised the suspicion, doubt and act of omission, which informed the questionable intentions, impregnated with deceits and indirect high-handedness veil of the CCT.
“This portends great danger, that for CCB to have waited this long at the peak week of September Senate Screening of President Muhammodu Buhari’s proposed ministerial nominees, another attempt to postpone and elongate the appointment of Ministers.
“We vehemently resist all attempt to drag the hallowed seat of the Senate President and Dr. Bukola Saraki into the mud and mucky waters of nepotism, witch-hunting and blackmail, predicated on politically motivated power tussle and shenanigans of the internal APC party permutations of sharing formula of offices amongst its divided tents that formed All Progressives Congress (APC), which is the nucleus genesis that caused the current show of naked fire-powers and deadly force of shame; displaying the Hand of Esau and Voice of Jacob syndrome.”
The coalitions also condemned the call for the resignation of Saraki, adding that an accused is presumed innocent, until the contrary is proven in a competent court of law.
He, therefore, called on western leaders to lend their voices against the prosecution, warning that, “if this precedence is allowed to sail through, it will embolden the orchestras to cause more havoc, and no one will be insulated from this recycled style of leadership, leaving all of us in the helpless torture chamber and humiliation, in the prey hands of this political mafias and cabals.”