Senate President Bukola Saraki will try to halt his trial today again as Court Of Appeal issues Hearing Notice on Jurisdiction case already decided by the Supreme Court.
In a controversial and surprising move, the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has issued a hearing notice regarding a jurisdiction case filed by lawyers representing embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Saraki, whose numerous legal actions, seeking to stall the trial, had been dismissed by the CCT itself and other courts, including the Supreme Court, is through a fresh motion, asking the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, to disqualify himself from the case
The Senate President, through the fresh motion filed at the CCT on Tuesday, asked Umar to disqualify himself from the trial on the basis that the tribunal chairman was allegedly under criminal investigation by the EFCC.
Saraki is being prosecuted by the Federal Government before the CCT on 13 counts, including keeping a foreign account and making false asset declaration in the forms he submitted to the CCB between 2003 and 2011 when he served as the governor of Kwara State.
The former Kwara State governor alleged in the motion that Umar would likely be biased in the handling of his trial since the EFCC, which was allegedly leading the prosecution of the Senate President before the CCT, was also investigating the tribunal chairman.
If the Court of Appeal grants a stay of the trial tomorrow, Mr. Saraki’s trial would not resume on Wednesday as planned. It was alleged that the senator’s plot could be to keep his case in the Court of Appeal for several months. “If he succeeds, then the Federal Government will not be able to continue his trial or to get to the Supreme Court,” he stated.