The Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja has fixed July 13 to rule on the application filed by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki asking its Chairman to disqualify himself from presiding over the trial that bordered on an alleged false assets declaration. CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar fixed the date after Defence and Prosecution Counsels concluded argument, both in favour and against the motion.
The CCT Chairman had on June 7th threatened Saraki that the delayed tactics employed by his lawyers will not reduced the consequences he would face at the end of the trial. Based on this, Saraki through his lawyers filed a motion on notice claiming that the comment by the chairman was prejudicial to him and that he will not get fair trial from the Tribunal.
He asked the Umar led tribunal to disqualify itself from presiding over the trial in the interest of justice and also relying on the provision of Section 36 of the 1999 constitution to support his argument. However, the Prosecution Counsel vehemently opposed the motion saying that it is frivolous, abuse of court process and a deliberate attempt to delay the trial.