The Court of Appeal has struck out an application by Senate President Bukola Saraki to stop his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) pending the determination of his appeal.
The court struck out the application after it was withdrawn by Saraki’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN).
Although the motion was slated for hearing, Agabi however informed the court that he was withdrawing the motion and apologised to the court for making the justices go through the voluminous processes he filed in respect of the appeal only for him to withdraw it.
The presiding judge, Justice Abdul Aboki, subsequently struck out the motion.
However, no date was fixed for hearing of the substantive appeal as Justice Aboki said the adjourned date would be communicated to the parties in the matter as soon as all the court processes have been filed and exchanged by the parties.
In the substantive appeal, the Senate president is challenging his trial at the tribunal on the grounds that due process was not followed before the 13-count charge was slammed on him.
Among others, Saraki is contending that he was not invited by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to make a statement on the alleged discrepancies in the assets declaration forms he submitted to the CCB as required by law before he was arraigned at the tribunal.