CCT Trial: Saraki Denies Bribing Judiciary Reporters
By Abiodun Oluwarotimi with agency reports
Senate President Bukola Saraki on Monday night denied the allegation making it round that he had bribed some judiciary reporters in order to maintain soft reports on him during his trial that begins on Friday at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The Senate president who is standing trial for false asset declaration while he was governor of Kwara state was on Monday afternoon accused of bribing some judiciary reporters with the sum of N50,000 each to manipulate in his favour, the report of his trial slated to resume on Friday, 11th March 2016.
According to the reports, Saraki’s aides met with Judiciary reporters inside an Abuja garden called Nelson Nuek Gardens, and handed each of the reporters the sum of N50,000. The garden is located in the Central Business District of Abuja, quite close to the International Conference Center.
The reports went further that it was Mr. Chuks Okocha, a special assistant to the Senate President, who had once worked for This Day Newspapers that distributed the said money to the reporters.
It was also gathered that Mr. Okocha struck a deal with the reporters to have only one of the friendly reporters write a report of the trial which would then be syndicated among all the reporters.
But in a reaction to the allegation, Saraki’s spokesperson, Mr. Yusuf Olaniyonu, told Nigerian Concord that there was no reason for his principal to bribe any reporter since he had not been pronounced as committed any criminal offense.
Olaniyonu pressed further that there is no help that any positive report would do for Saraki since reporters are not members of the Tribunal.
He continued that the allegation came from Saraki’s detractors just to preempt the outcome of the Tribunal having sensed that it might come in favour of the Senate president.
“First, they tried to stop him from becoming the Senate president but when they failed, they picked on his wife, and they still failed. Now, they are trying to bring his (Saraki) reputation into mud, and that is why they are sponsoring newspapers reports to falsely accuse him of bribing judiciary reporters.
“Are the reporters the ones that will pronounce judgment at the CCT trial? Only a fool will believe this junk” he said.