The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), on Wednesday refused to consider an application filed by Senate President Bukola Saraki, in which he sought the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, to disqualify himself from further presiding over his trial.
The senate president is being tried over alleged corruption and false assets declaration.
In a motion filed on June 13, 2016, Saraki, had sought the tribunal’s order compelling its chairman to disqualify himself over allegation of a bias statement credited to him during the proceedings of June 7.
But in a ruling on the application, Mr Umar said he would have disqualified himself “but for the constraints placed on the Chairman by the Constitution of Nigeria that established the Code of Conduct Tribunal.”
Umar, while reading the ruling of the tribunal, said the affidavit of “concerned citizens” filed by Saraki to prove the allegation of bias against him was unknown to law.
His words: “It is our holding that the defendant/applicant’s allegation of bias is merely founded on conjecture.
“The allegation of bias is a serious issue and it is capable of destroying public confidence in the institution.
“The affidavit by the concerned citizens does not constitute a standard for proving such serious allegation.
“The tribunal upholds that the application of the applicant is not legally founded and it is hereby refused.”
The tribunal adjourned to November 7 for continuation of trial.