By Daniel Eteghe & Okebugwu Chinomnso
GOVERNOR Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State yesterday commended the judgment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal for ruling in favour of Senator Bola Ahmmed Tinubu who was allegedly accused of running multiples foreign accounts while in office between 1999 and 2007.
He said that the judgment shows the capacity of the judiciary to independently assess matters brought before it in a way to ensure that the rights of citizens are not trampled upon.
Disclosing this development to newsmen during an interactive seesion at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos, Governor Fashola noted that the judgment would favour the Nigerian people adding that such would give them the encouragement that the judiciary still have the capacity and independently to assess matters brought before it.
He said “Well, I think the greater benefit here is for the Nigerian people that there is still the capacity for the judiciary to independently assess matters brought before it in a way to ensure that the rights of citizens are not trampled upon”
“One of the findings that the tribunal made was that there seem to be a persistence of harassing the applicant with a series of processes, charges and this is not sustainable in a constitutional democracy of course you will also see that the court was particularly assisted by council who appeared on both side, this is perhaps the maiden case where a lot of profound issues have been released to how the code of conduct tribunal should operate what it can do what it cannot do, the processes by which it should do it, this is perhaps the maiden case in which all of these issues have been agitated”
“In essence therefore, our public life will be better for this judgment, will be enriched by it by the jurisprudence that it offers and I think that one must commend members of the tribunal and also the lawyers for both parties in the case because I was in the court when a full argument were taken I think that the tribunal received as much assistant as its needed because there was always a point whether or not the tribunal would have served well and you will see from the resolution from all of the five issues submitted before it, the tribunal resolved two of them in favour of the prosecution.