Saraki seeks CCT Chairman’s disqualification from trial


For the umpteenth time, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has challenged the procedure of his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for alleged false assets declaration.

This time, Saraki has filed a fresh application seeking among others, an order asking the Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, to disqualify himself from further presiding over the trial.

Saraki, in the fresh application filed by his lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), accused Umar of making statements capable of prejudicing the outcome of the trial.

The Senate President cited  the reported statement by Umar, where he deplored the delay tactics being employed by Saraki’s legal team and noted that the delay would not affect the consequences of the trial on the defendant if found guilty.

The application, already served on the prosecution may not be heard on Wednesday because the prosecution) was yet to respond the application as at Tuesday.

Since the trial commenced late last year, the Senate president has filed series of applications, challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal and the competence of the charge filed against him, among others.

This is the second time he would be asking Umar to disqualify himself from the trial.

The first one filed through one of his lawyers, Ajibola Oluyede, is currently a subject of appeal, having been rejected by the tribunal.