From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
The Ilorin Emirate Descendant Progressive Union (IEDPU) has described the ongoing travails of Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal as “purely politically motivated.”
Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin on the recent visit of the body to Senator Saraki at the National Assembly complex, Abuja, National President of the IEDPU, Alhaji Abdulhamid Adi, wondered why the Code of Conduct Bureau failed to raise any issue concerning the Senate President’s asset declaration forms since 2003.
According to Adi, “the 12-year interval to unearth the alleged issue by the Code of Conduct Bureau and the way the Code of Conduct Tribunal is handling the issue is suspicious. I see it more or less as a political persecution. It is purely political. Maybe there are some political opponents that are trying to get at him.”
Adi urged the CCB not to be used to achieve certain political gains and do its jobs without external influence.
The IEDPU president, who pointed out that Senator Saraki was the first son of the Ilorin Emirate and Kwara State in general to clinch the coveted position expressed solidarity with the Turaki of Ilorin.
According to him, “we believe he will come out of it. You are presumed innocent until proven otherwise.”
Adi added that members of the IEDPU across the country were mobilised in the solidarity visit to the Senate President to present a position paper on issues affecting the Ilorin Emirate and Kwara State at large, which need his intervention.