The Supreme Court has ruled that the Code of Conduct Tribunal trial against the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki, will go ahead.
The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision read by Justice Samuel Walter Onnoghen, dismissed Saraki’s appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal, which had earlier ruled that the CCT was right to try Saraki on 13 count charges of false assets declaration.
All the six issues raised against the judgment of the Court of Apeal by Saraki were resolved in favour of the prosecution.
A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal led by John Fabiyi, JCA, had on December 4, 2015, ordered a stay of proceeding by the Tribunal pending the determination of Mr. Saraki’s appeal. The court also asked counsel on both sides to submit their briefs of argument within 14 days. The court then fixed February 5, 2016, to deliver its judgement.
Mr. Saraki’s appeal before the country’s apex court contends that the CCT lacks jurisdiction to try him. His lawyers argue that the tribunal was not duly constituted as it comprised two instead of three members provided for by the Constitution. Also, the embattled Senate President’s lawyers claim that the charges against Mr. Saraki were not competent but the court in a unanimous decision dismissed Mr. Saraki’s appeal, stating the charges were both valid and competent.
The senate president will now face trial for false declaration of asset on a day to be fixed by the tribunal.