Wole Arisekola, son of late Ibadan business mogul, Azeez Arisekola, has urged embattled Senate president Bukola Saraki to step down from office in view of ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Arisekola said the fact the Senate “often winds down its seating whenever the trial comes up at the tribunal is not healthy for the nation’s legislative process,” and advised Mr Saraki not to put the integrity of the Senate to question. “That is why I’m calling on him to resign so he can face his trial without holding the Senate to ransom,” he was quoted by Punch newspaper
Arisekola added that Saraki ought to have resigned even as his name appeared in the leaked Panama papers as a number of indicted people in other countries have resigned in order to give credibility to their offices. “As a two-term governor of Kwara State and a second term senator, Saraki has a lot to gain by resigning honourably now, rather than waiting to be shoved aside after the tribunal might have indicted him.”
He equally urged the Federal Government to introduce capital punishment as penalty for drug trafficking in the country.
Arisekola noted that he was moved to propose death penalty for drug offenders due to the harm drugs, like heroine, cocaine and other prohibited ones, do to mankind. Meanwhile, an investigation by Premium Times suggest that the embattled Senate President transferred a total of $3.47 million in 40 installments in four years with his credit card to the United States (US).
He carried out the transactions through Guarantee Trust Bank between 2009, when he served as Kwara State governor, and 2012 when he served as the senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District, the report revealed