Embattled Bukola Saraki set to resign over #PanamaPapers?
Embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said he will not step down from office amid various corruption scandals rocking the career of the former Kwara state governor.
Mr Saraki was arraigned by the Code of Conduct Tribunal and was also expose about his secret offshore assets in tax havens. Several anti-corruption groups have called for Mr Saraki’s resignation asking to leave the office before he is disgraced. The tormented politician said those calling for his resignation were being sponsored by politicians who had always opposed his leadership since he emerged Senate President last June.
“There’s a case in the Tribunal and a resultant appeal at the Court of Appeal. The underlining philosophy of our legal system is that an accused person is presumed innocent until found guilty.” READ ALSO: $10million Scam: Former solicitor-general of Lagos speaks out “Those who are contemplating calls for resignation want to circumvent the judicial system. They are obviously being sponsored by some politicians. The Senate President is not contemplating any resignation. He will surely have his day in court,” Saraki’s special adviser on media, Yusuph Olaniyonu said in a text message sent to Premium Times. Meanwhile, Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to swing into action and arrest Nigerians named in the Panama Paper leaks with secret offshore companies.
So far, Nigerians named in the leak are embattled senate president, Bukola Saraki, Former Senate President David Mark, Saraki’s wife, Toyin, former Delta State Governor James Ibori, Mr. Laolu Saraki, Mr. Obi Asika, Olufela Ibidapo and former Defence Minister Gen. Yakubu Danjuma.