Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, has told Nigerians that it is wrong to condemn the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, before he was even found guilty by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Saraki is standing trial at the CCT over alleged false assets declaration.
Speaking with journalists after a closed-door meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in Aso Rock in Abuja on Tuesday, Senator Ndume said Saraki would not resign his position.
He said Saraki will only vacate his seat when he is convicted by the court.
“It is not new for people to read meaning. Are you saying that the Senate President should be convicted before the trial? In our constitution, you are considered innocent until proven guilty.”
Speaking on the reason for the visit, Ndume said: “This government is our government. I am the Senate Leader in this government, so my coming here today is not supposed to be a new thing. My coming here should even be more regular.
“This is not the first time we are coming here. But this is the first time we are having the Vice President as the Acting President. That is one of the reasons we are here.
“This is because we are setting a new example. During the previous government, the President will just go and leave the place blank.”