REVEALED: Saraki Left Aso Villa Disappointed As Buhari Refuses To Wade Into His CCT Trial

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There were indications last night that the high-profile parley between the Presidency and the leadership of the National Assembly on Wednesday night failed to persuade President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the trial of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
 
Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Mr Femi Adesina, reiterated that the President would not interfere with the job of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
 
“You know this president. You know that he plays straight. Anything that will amount to underhand deals, he will never be part of it.
 
“Buhari has said that he will not interfere with the Code of Conduct Tribunal trial and he stands by it,” he said.
 
Vanguard reports, quoting competent sources who confirmed that the NASS leadership led by Saraki himself, left the Presidential Villa disappointed, following what they see as Buhari’s refusal to shift grounds and wade into the trial of the Senate President, which is interpreted by his horde of loyalists in both the APC and PDP, as ‘political’.
 
One of the sources said that despite what appeared as a softening of stances by Buhari to call a meeting with Saraki, he did not even raise the issue of the CCT throughout the meeting, which lasted about two hours.
 
Vanguard reports that Buhari was persuaded by two of his aides in the National Assembly to ‘formally’ interact with the Senate President, who has not enjoyed a warm handshake with the President since he assumed office as a result of political disagreement with the APC leadership.
 
It was learnt that the meeting was called at the instance of the two special assistants to the President in the Senate and the House of Representatives, who reasoned that such a parley would help facilitate a smooth relationship between the Presidency and the NASS.
 
It was also reasoned that the parley would help prepare the grounds for the lawmakers to approve the nominees whose names were submitted last week to the Senate for confirmation.
 
However, according to Vanguard, Buhari carefully avoided the issue of Saraki’s ongoing trial by the CCT and concentrated on issues which he believes would move Nigeria forward and asked the lawmakers to key into such matters.
 
“At the end of the discussion, we discovered that the man had not changed his mind on Saraki and we felt a bit upset by the action,” a lawmaker said last night.
 
Apparently angered and disappointed by the attitude of the President, the Senators might have decided to vent their anger on the nominees sent in by Buhari for confirmation by the lawmakers so as to form his cabinet and get the government running.
 
Rising from the meeting with the President, the Senate rolled out a new set of stringent rules that might make it more difficult for most of the nominees to scale through the screening.
 
 
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