Sarakai reportedly drew the attention of the meeting to tweets emanating from SaharaReporters indicating that went to beg party leaders concerning how best to end his corruption trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal which starts on March 10.
The meeting was held in the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
Following his complaints at the meeting, his media aide also sent text messages to SaharaReporters claiming they had seen text messages our reporters sent to party leaders about the event.
A source at the meeting disclosed that largely owing to speculation in the media; Saraki’s case was not brought up at the meeting.
SaharaReporters authoritatively learnt from APC insiders that Saraki had mobilized former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and APC chairman John Odigie-Oyegun, to discuss the trial at the meeting, a point which informed the decision to hold it behind closed doors.
A spokesperson for the office of the VP later issued a statement stating that the meeting by APC leaders was very successful. Saharareporters learnt that the party leaders discussed upcoming elections in Ondo, Edo and other areas across the country.
Prior to today’s meeting, Saraki had sent religious leaders from Ilorin to help beg Tinubu. He also sent the Senate Majority leader, Ali Ndume, to help beg President Buhari to halt the trial.
However, a Presidency source told SaharaReporters today that President Muhammad Buhari will not intervene in Saraki’s trial under any circumstances.
As it did previously, Saraki’s legal team has decided to stage a walkout on the judge when the trial resumes in two weeks.