The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, yesterday, refused to disqualify himself from presiding over the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The Senate President is standing trial over alleged anticipatory declaration of assets while he was the governor of Kwara State.
This was just as Saraki pleaded not guilty to the 16 amended count charges filed by the prosecution. Based on the amended charges, the tribunal, however, adjourned till May 10 for continuation of trial. Saraki had filed an application seeking the tribunal chairman to disqualify himself on ground that he (Umar) was under the investigation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over alleged N10 million bribe and hence, there was likelihood of bias which could invariably affect justice in the matter.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Elders’ Council of Arewa Consultative Forum, Senator Joseph Waku, speaking shortly after the ruling, alleged that from all indications, the tribunal chairman was being tele-guided to deliver a pre- determined judgement that would not be in the interest of justice. Read more