The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has adjourned till November 19 the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki on charges leveled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
However, all lawyers representing the Senate President in the case have withdrawn from the case.
Their withdrawal follows the ruling of the tribunal to continue trial, a decision which the lawyers describe as ” judicial rascality.
The Tribunal had based its ruling on the strength of Section 305 of the administration of Criminal Justice Act which says that a trial can be concluded and ruling reserved until all questions about the trial are answered.
Dr. Saraki then asked for a month to reconstitute his defence.
However, lawyer to the federal government kicked against it saying that it is another way for the Senate President to “get what he wants”.
The tribunal however ruled that it will give the Senate President one week to reconstitute his legal team.
Earlier, counsel to the government , Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, had notified the tribunal that the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal had in a judgment it delivered on October 30, dismissed Dr. Saraki’s appeal against his trial.
However, the Senate President through his lawyer, Mr. Mahmud Magaji (SAN), urged the tribunal to adjourn the trial and await the decision of the appeal he has lodged before the Supreme Court.
The Senate President had appealed the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which on October 30 affirmed the jurisdiction of the CCT to try him on 13 counts of false assets declaration.