Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has finally appeared before the Code of Conduct Tribunal where he is being charged for alleged false declaration of assets. Senator Saraki was accompanied to CCT by over 50 serving senators.
The prosecuting lawyer led by Rotimi Jacobs wants the Senate President to be seated at the dock, Mr. Saraki’s counsel, J.B. Daudu, says Tribunal is not a court to try criminal cases. The Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar, however insisted that Mr. Saraki must take his plea. He further ruled that the accused enter go ahead to take his plea.
Saraki goes to the dock. The 13-count charge of corruption levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau being read to him. Saraki responds: “I believe that I am here as the Senate president, to indicate my respect for the Tribunal. I am puzzled why I am being compelled. He said he is not guilty.
Before pleading not guilty, the Senate President reiterated the provision of Paragraph 18 of the 5th Schedule of the Constitution – the point earlier argued by his counsel