By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja, has fixed February 6 for the Federal Government to re-open its case against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
The Danladi Umar-led panel of the CCT okayed resumption of hearing of the charge the Federal Government preferred against Saraki, in obedience to the December 12, 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The Senate President, who was hitherto answering to 18-count charge, will now enter his defence to only three charges.
The appellate court had in a unanimous judgment by a three-man panel of justices, led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, said it was satisfied that Saraki had a case to answer before the CCT.
The court dismissed 15 counts of the original charge on the premise that they were not supported with credible evidence capable of warranting the respondent (Saraki) to be called upon to enter his defence to them.
Specifically, the appellate court panel directed Saraki to return to the tribunal to defend counts 4, 5 and 6 of the amended charge.
Whereas count 4 and 5 of the charge alleged that the Senate President made false declaration of his assets at the end of his tenure as executive governor of Kwara State in 2011 and on assumption of office as a Senator in 2011, when he declared that he acquired properties at No. 17A and No. 17B McDonald, Ikoyi Lagos on September 6, 2006, from the proceeds of sale of rice and sugar.