Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s fresh motion challenging the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct tribunal is stalling his trial on a 13 – count charge of false assets declaration preferred against him by the Federal Government. The trial of the senate president had been scheduled to commence on Friday but his new counsel, Kanu Agabi is informing the tribunal that he has filed a motion which he said must be heard before trial could start.
But prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs is opposing the motion describing it as a ploy to stop the trial from going on. After several months of legal battle to stop his trial at CCT, the Senate President is again appearing before the tribunal. As expected by many people, the embattled Senate President arrived the tribunal accompanied by a retinue of Senators who came to express their support.
It would be recalled that Supreme Court had in a judgment affirmed the jurisdiction of the code of conduct tribunal to try Saraki on the alleged crime. Saraki’s lawyer is insisting that he is new in the case and had served the Ministry of Justice a motion challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction to heard the substantive case.