Thursday, April 21, 2016

Senators shelve invitation of Code of Conduct Tribunal chairman



In a unanimous decision, Senators yesterday directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to withdraw a letter of invitation sent to Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar over allegations of corruption against him.

The NATION reported that the Senators reached a consensus that the timing of the invitation, which has coincided with the ongoing trial of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was not in the public interest.

A high-ranking Senator, who spoke in confidence, said: “At our session, we reached a consensus that we should direct the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to withdraw a letter of invitation sent to  the CCT chairman to appear on Thursday (today).

“In arriving at these decisions, we took note of the fact that we have a very bad image in the public. The perception is that we are anti-masses; we oppose the anti-corruption agenda of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and we do not want anything good for the nation.

“Some of us personally felt touched that our image was being battered by the conduct of some Senators who have chosen to take some steps which they believe will save the President of the Senate.

“We all restated our love for Saraki but we spoke frankly and decided that his trial should run without inhibitions until justice is served.”

In a letter of summons, signed by the secretary of the Committee, Freedom Odolo, the Senate asked Umar to appear unfailingly by 2pm on Thursday (today).

Source: The Nation

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