The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja on Wednesday morning adjourned the trial of the Senate President of Nigeria, Bukola Abubakar Saraki, till June 21, after prosecution counsel failed to show up.
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Saraki is being prosecuted by the Federal Government on 16 counts, including false and anticipatory asset declaration, which he allegedly made between 2003 and 2011 when he served as the Governor of Kwara State.
The Tribunal which had earlier fixed June 15 to hear the trial of Nigeria’s Senate President adjourned it following a fresh motion filed by Saraki seeking an order of the CCT disqualifying its Chairman, Danladi Umar, from further presiding over the case.
Saraki in his fresh application filed by his lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), is accusing Umar of bias based on the remark made by the tribunal chairman at the last proceedings on June 7, 2016, while warning the defence against delay tactics.
Mr. Umar is being asked to step down from the case on allegations that he lacked moral standing to continue presiding over Mr. Saraki’s trial.
After much deliberation, the tribunal chairman fixed the hearing of the motion for June 21.
The fresh application is the second filed by the Senate President asking the CCT chairman to withdraw from his trial.