Monday, 25 April 2016

Just in: Saraki withdraws application against CCT

Just in: Saraki withdraws
application against CCT

– Bukola Saraki, the Senate President has
been undergoing trial at the Code of
Conduct Tribunal (CCT)
– This may cause him to lose his seat if
found guilty
– Saraki has withdrawn his application
Bukola Saraki
Bukola Saraki, the Senate president on
Monday, April 25, has withdrawn an
application to stall his trial at the Code of
Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
At the appeal court, Kanu Agabi, the lead
counsel to Saraki, who challenged the
jurisdiction of the CCT to try his client asked
the court to hasten hearing to his appeal.
“When your lordship has read such a
voluminous motion, it is unfair to say we are
withdrawing. But we have to. We want to
withdraw the motion.
“In the motion, dated April 4, we prayed your
lordship to stay proceedings at the CCT
pending the hearing of our appeal.
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“But we now want to urge your lordship to
grant accelerated hearing to our appeal.
“My Lord, we appeal to you to grant us
accelerated hearing,” he said.
However, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), the counsel
to the federal government, agreed to the
request by not objecting to Agabi’s motion
to withdraw the application.
The motion which was dated for April 4, was
thereby struck out by Abdul Aboki, who led a
three-man panel of justices.
Saraki, had urged the tribunal through Agabi
to stop his trial on the basis that he was not
given fair hearing by the Code of Conduct
Bureau (CCB) but the CCT on March 24,
dismissed the application by the Senate
president to squash the charges against him.

Recall that Saraki filed the suit against
Danladi Umar, the chairman of the tribunal
and others involved in his ongoing trial. In
the suit, he argued that his trial before the
CCT, as currently constituted was a violation
of his right.
At the ruling Justice Abdul Kafarati of the
Federal High Court, said Saraki’s application
did not tally with Section 4 of the 1999
constitution as amended which premises on
the infringement of his fundamental human
Kafarati also said that the court will not
interfere with the proceedings of the tribunal
but when the CCT dismissed his application,
Saraki appealed against the judgment at the
Appeal court in which a date for the hearing
of the substantive suit is yet to be fixed.
Saraki is currently facing trial for false
declaration of assets before the Code of
Conduct Tribunal.