After a two hour conversation yesterday between the President Buhari and his advisers, and leadership in the National Assembly, it was announced that President Buhari would make no attempt to interfere with Senate President Bukola Saraki's trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Bukola Saraki has been forced into the CCT for not declaring significant assets gained since he was Governor of Kwara State, which is in violation of his sworn code of conduct. SaharaReporters exposed Senate President Bukola Saraki for plundering Kwara State of its funds during his time as Governor.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, repeated that President Buhari will stand by his word and abstain from interrupting the processes of the CCT.
Concerning the President Mr. Adesina said, "you know that he plays straight. Anything that will amount to underhand deals, he will never be part of it."
The entourage of NASS leadership accompanying Senator Saraki left the Presidential Villa at Aso Rock disappointed because of President Buhari's refusal to take action.
Sources have said that the only reason Buhari agreed to meet with the Senate President was at the insistance of one special assistants to formally interact with Saraki and forge better relationship between the NASS and the President. They met to also discuss the approval of the nominees whose names were submitted last week for Senate confirmation.
Buhari strategically discussed matters that would help the country move forward and avoided conversation concerning the CCT trial.
A lawmaker said that "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."
This discontent may have been the reason the lawmakers created a new set of rigid laws that would make it more difficult for Buhari's cabinet nominees to make it through the screening.
Moreover, the PDP Caucus has said that they will not approve the President's list unless the entire list of nominees from the 36 states of Nigeria was made available to them.