The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has failed to persuade the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja to quash the 13-count criminal charge the Federal Government entered against him. In a ruling this morning, the Justice Danladi Umar led panel held that the charge against him was valid and competent in law.
The CCT said both the law that established it and the 1999 constitution, as amended, conferred it with the requisite jurisdiction to hear and determine the case against the defendant. Relying on the decided case-law in FRN vs Atiku Abubakar, 2007, 8-NWLR, the tribunal said it was vested with the powers to handle allegations bordering on breach of code of conduct by public officers. Meanwhile, Justice Umar, admitted that the tribunal took an erroneous decision in a similar case that involved the former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Ahmed Bola Tinubu. Read more