The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has alleged that his detractors were sponsoring protests against him to force him to resign as Senate President.
He said those behind the plot want to push him out so as to impose their ‘own’ as Senate President.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki alleged that faceless politicians were behind the plot.
The statement said: “The Office of the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has uncovered plots by some politicians to sponsor protest marches and demonstrations in which some hired people will be given placards to disturb public peace.
“As part of their plan, they are already distributing money and other materials to some faceless civil society organisations, market men and women associations and other shadowy groups with a view to instigate demonstrations in Lagos, Abuja and Ilorin starting from Monday, April 11.
“They believe that the on-going trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal provides them the opportunity to stampede Dr. Saraki out of office so that their defeated objective of getting their lackey into the office of Senate President will be realized. This is another desperate move by these spineless politicians to achieve through the back door what they failed to realize on the floor of the Senate.
“We are alerting members of the public to the antics of these desperate politicians which may result into breach of public peace, order and health. Dr. Saraki is a peace-loving and law abiding politician.
“The trial at the CCT is just beginning and while the prosecution’s witness has started giving evidence, he is yet to be cross-examined by the defence team. The defence has also not opened its own case. We urge members of the public to patiently wait for the conclusion of the case.
“Since the fundamental principle of our legal system is that an accused person is presumed innocent until he is found guilty, Dr. Saraki will not allow any distraction to take him away from his responsibility as President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly,” Saraki noted.
Saraki is facing 13-count charge at the Code of Conduct Tribunal bordering on false assets declaration, money laundering and anticipation asset declaration.
Also, recently his name and that of his wife, Toyin, cropped up in the “Panama Paper” leaks in which they were said to have companies in tax Haven countries either used to hide stolen money or evade tax through offshore-provider, Mossack Fonseca.
For all these coalition of civil societies and individuals have been calling for his resignation as Senate President, saying they are prepared to lead protests to force him out as Senate President.