Senate President Bukola Saraki had his hopes of evading trial on false declaration of assets dashed following a ruling by the Court of Appeal in Abuja Thursday, according to Sahara Reporters.
A five-man panel of the Appellate Court struck out the application filed by Saraki challenging the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to hear the charges against him.
In its ruling read by Justice Abdul Aboki, the court dismissed his application as “unmeritorious”, and affirmed the power of the tribunal to entertain and try him for the charges brought against him by the Federal Government.
This means the trial of the Senate President would continue at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, where he is facing a 16-count charge of corruption and false assets declaration.
It will be recalled that CCT Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, last month refused to disqualify himself from presiding over the trial following a motion by Saraki’s lawyers demanding that Justice Umar be disqualified from the case based on allegations of bias.
The long-drawn trial has been rescheduled for November 7 and 8 when the CCT resumes sitting.
Dr. Saraki is currently facing trial for false declaration of assets to the Code of Conduct of Bureau (CCB) while he was governor of Kwara State.
It also emerged during the trial that the Senate President declared assets that he did not own in anticipation of procuring those, while he continues to draw his full salary as a governor despite being paid as a senator.