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Happy Independence Day Nigeria!

Happy Independence day Nigeria.

Today we are 55 years  and we look forward to a new start and fresh beginnings. You know for the first time in my life I saw a natural rose flower growing on the soil. I inhaled its’ fragrance and I was surprised to notice that it smelt like any other flower. I studied its’ greens leaves and it’s thorns. It was really lovely and I was glad I spotted the rose flower. It reminded me so much of Nigeria. We are a beautiful Nation just like the rose flower. Our talent and intelligence is deep just as the rose is deep red. But our problems are like that of the thorns that surrounds the rose.

It therefore takes insight to see the potentials that we have as a Nation, if only we all agree to work together for a better Nigeria.

Let us all ponder on this. Shall we?

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And there was a standing Ovation for Saraki ….

Yes! That is what I call it. A standing ovation at the National Assembly which began its session today after six weeks of recess. A vote of confidence was passed today by the Senate on SP Dr. Bukola Saraki and DSP Ike Ekweremadu and all other principal members of the National Assembly. Dr Saraki gave his welcome speech and the business at the house began as usual.

But lets go back to the basics here, will the vote of confidence passed by the Senate prevent or stop the Code of Conduct Tribunal from continuing with its case against the Senate President? I doubt that! The 13 count charge is still very much alive and come 21, 22 and 23 of October 2015 the headlines shall continue with this piece of news.

I admire the solidarity and support that has been shown the Senate President so far by his fellow Senators and different groups and movements but all of this in my opinion cannot save the embattled Senate President except if the Code of Conduct Tribunal chooses to squash the 13 count charge against him.

Will that ever happen? This is Nigeria where impossibility hardly ever exists and even if the possibility of squashing the charges is one in a billion but it is worth mentioning.

The vote of confidence cannot wish away the 13 count charge or the perception of most elite Nigerians that most of the Politicians at the hem of affairs have one or two skeletons in their cupboard. The Elite Nigerians are of the view that justice must be done.

Back to our imagined conspiracy theory, if APC is witch hunting SP Saraki, then it means the question to be asked is “To what end?” Because assuming Dr. Saraki is removed as the Senate President, PDP will take over as the Senate President in the person of Ike Ekweremadu. So to what end will that be for APC?

Well, we shall all continue to watch as the drama unfolds… As the days go by and hours pass by.

Cheers!

A little about Dr Bukola Saraki – The Senate President

While we all waited, the proceedings at the Code of Conduct Tribunal took an unexpected turn as Dr. Bukola Saraki did not only make an appearance but was granted bail on self recognition. Anyways, his conduct at the dock was catchy as he gave a sermon of some sorts before he finally pleaded not guilty.

Thereafter, he released a statement which incorporated his sermon of some sorts that “he was only been persecuted for the asset declaration form he filled 12years ago because he is the Senate President.”

For those of us who do not really know the man called Dr. Bukola Saraki, a little about him could be helpful here.

He was born 19 December 1962 into a seasoned family of Politicians or into a Political family because his father Olusola Saraki was not just a Politician but a successful one having been a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983. Little wonder that Dr. Bukola Saraki followed in his path notwithstanding his medical training. He is married to Toyin Saraki and the union is blessed with four children.

It therefore comes as a rude shock when Dr Saraki mouthed the words that he is being hounded, having served in various leadership position as a Politician. He should know better that skeletons in one’s cupboard can always be used advantageously by political enemies. So why did he give his enemies that opportunity? That’s a question only him can answer.

There are whispers in the air that he intends running for Presidency in 2019.  But this seems to be a new era in Nigeria where mere perception of corruption rubs a Politician of the highest seat of power. There’s the case of Former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubukar who has unsuccessful attempt to become the President of Nigeria can be attributed to the perception of corruption.

While Dr. Saraki has achieved a lot positively while serving in different capacity such as the Governor of Kwara State( 2003- 2011) and Chairman of the Governor’s forum amongst others. He has also achieved a lot negatively as he is the first sitting Senate President to be issued with two warrants of arrest and also to be arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on a 13 count charge invloving allegations of false asset declaration. He was purported to have declared owning an asset in 2003 which he bought in 2006. The matter has been adjourned to 21 October 2015.

We shall keep you updated on the Saraki Saga.

Cheers!

POLITICS TUESDAY : BUKOLA SARAKI AND THE CODE OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL

For those of us that love politics and have been following the news closely, we are patiently waiting for the outcome of the proceedings of the Code of Conduct Tribunal on allegation of corruption levelled against the Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Today is a very special day as we await to see if the Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki would show up at the Tribunal or if he will be forced to make an appearance.

The recent happenings in the Nigeria polity has once again brought into limelight Senator Bukola Saraki.

We would all recall that at the beginning of this administration the first drama that erupted was during the first sitting of the National Assembly, where it was alleged that Bukola Saraki engaged a superior form of game to win the election without the blessings of his political party (APC ) to emerge as the President of the Senate.

To people not interested in politics, this act of Bukola Saraki was waved aside and to others very much interested in Politics, they read meaning into his action and with that came the consequences.

Bukola Saraki was perceived to be an underdog fighting “the powers that be.”   He was seen as struggling to upturn the norm both in his political party where candidates for a particular post are unanimously selected.  This gave hope to people who clamoured for change, but then again they might be wrong as he has featured in the news for the umpteenth time. This time not for allegations of sharing alliance with PDP or for dual citizenship but for false declaration of assets.

The One Billion Naira question then is, can he wriggle his way out of this one? His Lawyers are trying to get him out but so far have recorded no success.  At  the very least the Court of Appeal has thrown out their application for stay of proceedings at the Code of Conduct Tribunal and to set aside the warrant of  arrest issued by the Tribuanl against Saraki for failing to honour it’s  invitation.  Then gripped by their failure to save Saraki from the docks, his team of lawyers went on to challenge  the composition of the Code of Conduct Tribunal. They argued that the Code of Conduct Act states for 3 members of the panel to sit before it can be considered as properly constituted, and since only two members were sitting it was not properly constituted. The Chairman of the Tribunal Justice Danladi Umar skillfully dismissed that protest by stating that two members can form a quorum based on the Interpretation Act.

One important point we all should not forget is the “Almighty Conspiracy  Unspoken Theory” that Saraki has not been forgiven by the powers that be for pulling a fast one in becoming the Senate President. Whilst President Mohammed Buhari has distanced himself from the Code of Conduct Tribunal saga, one cannot help but wonder if Saraki is just been taught a lesson… not by the President of the Republic of Nigeria but by the godfathers of APC.

NEWS: At the time of posting this piece, everyone is anticipating the appearance of Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal by 10am.