The Court of Appeal in Abuja is striking out an application filed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki seeking to stop his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal pending the determination of his appeal. A three-man panel of Justices led by Justice Abdul Aboki struck out the application after Saraki’s lawyers applied for withdrawal of the application. Saraki is facing a 13 – count charge bordering on alleged false assets declaration brought against him by the Federal Government.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki is asking the court of Appeal to declare that CCT lacks jurisdiction to entertain suit against him. Saraki’s bid to stop his trial at the tribunal had suffered setbacks even the Supreme Court had in a judgment affirmed the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the case against the Senate President. But Saraki’s lawyers say there are new facts that convinced them that the tribunal lacks jurisdiction to entertain the suit against their client.
Having withdrawn the application for a stay of proceedings, the appellate court is yet to fix a date to hear Saraki’s substantive appeal.