SARAKI’S APPLICATION TO DISQUALIFY JUDGE SUFFERS ANOTHER SETBACK

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The trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal is witnessing a mild drama as the Chairman of the CCT, Justice Danladi Umar ordered the arrest of the defence counsel for alleged contempt of court. At the continuation of hearing, defense lawyer, Raphael Oluyede who is appearing new in the matter wanted the chairman of the tribunal to attend to his application which borders on alleged bias against the judge.

The counsel to Saraki is arguing that Justice Umar has allegation of corruption case against him which is pending with the EFCC and that the judge should disqualify himself from presiding over the case. But the Prosecution Counsel, Rotimi Jacobs told the tribunal that Oluyede should not be allowed to file the suit because he has not been representing the accused on the matter. Consequently the Chairman of the Tribunal ruled Oluyede out of order on the ground that he was not a party in the suit and a member of the defence team.

According to the Chairman, the counsel was only announced as part of the team on Wednesday and cannot file a motion asking him to disqualify himself and that the application was not ripe for hearing as it is based on falsehood.

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