The unsettled Senate President of Nigeria, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has finally agreed to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday, following the continuous request that he be made to appear to clear himself of the standing allegation of false declaration of asset.
A statement from the media office of the Senate President said, ”while the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had stated and maintained that he is ready to submit himself to due process of the law on any issue concerning him, he also believes that he has an inalienable right to resort to the same judiciary for protection when he feels his fundamental rights are about to be infringed upon.”
” following the adjournment for the determination of the motion on notice and the substantive suit before the Federal High Court to 30th of September and the appeal pending before the Court of Appeal adjourned to the 29th of September 2015, the Senate President has decided, as a law abiding citizen, to appear before the Tribunal in the interim.’
”Dr. Saraki has taken the decision to attend the Tribunal sitting to demonstrate his respect for the rule of law in spite of his personal reservation on the process of his trial and the purpose it may be intended to serve.”
Nigerians were urged to know that Saraki is an absolute believer in the judicial process and ”is therefore confident that the course of justice would be served at the end of this matter.”
It would be recalled, during the proceedings, last week, Justice Danladi immediately asked that Saraki be put in the dock, but his defense counsel Joseph Daodu rose to announce that he was absent.
According to him: “There is an interlocutory injunction by the Federal High Court in Abuja restraining further hearing by the Tribunal.”