I’m ready to face the “Incompetent” tribunal – Saraki

By Sanni Muhammed September 21, 2015 17:32

I’m ready to face the “Incompetent” tribunal – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has resolved to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, at its next seating slated for Tuesday 22nd September, after the Court of Appeal dismissed the ex-parte application seeking to set aside the order made on Friday by the CCT asking for his arrest.

Saraki’s lawyer had defended his absence during Mondays seating, sighting “technicalities, incompetence and lack of quorum” of the CCT.

In a statement issued by Saraki’s media team, he stated that his decision to seek protection from other superior courts was a reflection of his confidence in the nations judiciary.

    “The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal tomorrow Tuesday 22nd of September 2015. While the Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had stated and maintained that he is ready to submit himself to due process of the law on any issue concerning him, he also believes that he has an inalienable right to resort to the same judiciary for protection when he feels his fundamental rights are about to be infringed upon.

    “The Senate President is a law abiding citizen and his absence from tribunal was based on legal advice he received from his counsel that it is not necessary for him to appear before the tribunal at this stage since the jurisdiction of the tribunal and the process of initiating the matter are being challenged before the federal High Court Abuja.

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    “Following the adjournment for the determination of the motion on notice and the substantive suit before the Federal High Court to 30th of September and the appeal pending before the Court of Appeal adjourned to the 29th of September 2015, the Senate President has decided, as a law abiding citizen, to appear before the Tribunal in the interim.

    “Dr. Saraki has taken the decision to attend the Tribunal sitting to demonstrate his respect for the rule of law in spite of his personal reservation on the process of his trial and the purpose it may be intended to serve.

    “Dr. Saraki wishes to assure Nigerians of his absolute belief in the judicial process and is therefore confident that the course of justice would be served at the end of this matter.

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