The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has dismissed the motion by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, seeking to quash the 13 counts of false assets declaration preferred against him by the federal government.
The counsel of the senate president, Kanu Agabi, had argued that the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), which filed the charges, failed to allow Mr. Saraki explain discrepancies in his assets declaration forms as required by law.
However, in a ruling on Thursday, the Danladi Umar-led tribunal held that the case is within the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear, and therefore he declared that the tribunal was ready to go on with the trial.
The judge said there was no breach of law as the Bureau and Tribunal Act, 1989, still allows the senate president raise his clarifications at the level of the tribunal.
Mr. Danladi said by law, the Bureau could receive complaints of breach of the Act and refer such complaints to the Tribunal, provided that it will allow the person involved to give a statement affirming or denying the said misconduct.
He therefore ordered the continuation of the trial.
Mr. Saraki had earlier lost his bid to stop the trial after the the Supreme Court dismissed his initial objections.
On March 18, Umar fixed March 24 for ruling on the application.
The judge then adjourned the trial till May 5.