There is wild jubilation in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital following Wednesday’s judgment discharging and acquitting Senate President, Bukola Saraki of all 18 count charges of false asset declaration by Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Recall that Saraki was taken to the CCT and charged by the federal government for false asset declaration and other financial crimes.
The judgment sparked drumming, singing and dancing at the APC state secretariat, located inside GRA Ilorin where members and executives of the ruling party, members of state executive council, women groups and supporters of the Senate President joined in the grove to celebrate the victory.
Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Alhaji Ishola Balogun Fulani, and former APC women leader, and current chairman Local government service commission, Alhaja Sarat Adebayo spoke separately, expressing joy on the discharge, insisting that the allegations were politically motivated.
According Balogun Fulani, “The entire APC members and all peace loving people of Kwara State are very happy”.
“We knew that this is a politically motivated trial but God has vindicated us, and it is a plus to democracy. This also allows us to have confidence in the judiciary of Nigeria.”
“We are very happy. We thank everybody and well-meaning Nigerians who had supported us from first time this thing (trial) started up to the end of this case.
“We are very happy and that is why you see us rejoicing. We are going to the Emir of Ilorin to rejoice with him and thank him for supporting our leader, the Senate President.
“From there, we will move to the Executive Governor of Kwara State to thank him for his support from the onset up to the end of this time and to also pray for him that with him in the helm of affairs, Kwara State is progressing and we hope that insha Allah with the end of this case, Kwara State will continue to progress.
“We are very happy and words cannot express our happiness.
Disclosing that, “Even without a settled mind the Senate President has been performing credibly, the chairman said, “We are sure that with his settled mind he will do more and perform credibly to the interest of all Nigerians at large”.
Alhaja Sarat Adebayo on her part described the judgment as a welcome development.
She said, “We appreciate President Buhari for doing justice to the whole issue. The judgment is a welcome development to Kwarans as a whole. We appreciate everyone that stood by us when the case lasted.
“We appreciate particularly the NASS, the executive and judiciary arms as well as Nigerians for standing by us during our time of trial. We believe that justice has been done today.
“We salute everyone, we are confident that with the judgment tremendous achievements would be achieved in the remaining two years ahead”, she said.
The ABS Mandate Constituency office of Dr. Bukola Saraki expressed gratitude to God and humanity for the outcome of the CCT judgment which discharged and acquitted the President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki of the 18 count charge against him as lacking in proof and evidence.
A statement signed by Hon. Kayode Omotose on behalf of the Director General of ABS, the entire management and staff of the constituency office paid glowing tribute to the Governor of Kwara State Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed and members of the state executive council, the Speaker Kwara House of Assembly Dr. Ali Ahmad and members of the legislature.
The Emir of Ilorin Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu – Gambari and all traditional rulers, the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Chairman of the Christian Association Nigeria and all clerics and clergymen, the State chairman of APC Hon. Ishola Balogun Fulani and members of the party were not left out.
The ABS Mandate office urged continuous prayers in the task ahead, assuring Kwarans that the President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki shall remain focused in the development of every nook and cranny of the state.
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