Justice Abdukadir Abdu-Kafarati of a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday rescinded his decision to hold back his judgment in a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, to challenge the validity of his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja.
Nigerian Pilot yesterday gathered that the judge had decided to deliver the judgment on Friday.
Justice Abdu-Kafarati announced his withdrawal from the case in the open court on March 22, 2016, when judgment in the suit was to be delivered.
The development followed reports on Sahara Reporters and another online platform, Naij.com, accusing the judge of having been compromised by Saraki with N2billion bribe.
Justice Abdu-Kafarati, while withdrawing from the case, said his integrity had been maligned by the reports and the honourable thing for him to do was to disqualify himself from the case.
The judge, who quoted copiously the online reports, said he had been caught between two devils, as his decisions to either rule in favour or against Saraki would result into wrong interpretations by the reading public.
Saraki’s lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede had subsequently petitioned the chief judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, asking him (the chief judge) to persuade Justice Abdu-Kafarati to go ahead to deliver the prepared judgment.
It was, however, gathered yesterday that Justice Auta had acceded to Saraki’s request and directed the judge to proceed to deliver his judgement.
It was learnt that Justice Auta’s decision was hinged on the fact that none of the parties in the suit complained about the conduct of the judge.
Justice Auta was also said to have held the opinion that the judge could not disqualify himself from further handling the case based on mere allegations made in the media.
Nigerian Pilot furtherconfirmed yesterday that parties to the suit had been notified of the new date for judgment.
Justice Abdul-Kafarati had on March 1 heard and fixed March 22 for judgment in Saraki’s matter.

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