The trial of the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu by the Code of Conduct Tribunal opened on Wednesday. The Action Congress of Nigeria leader is facing charges for operating foreign accounts while he served as Governor.
Security was tightened around Jabi area where the trial held. Some members of the Action Congress of Nigeria who had travelled to Abuja in a show of solidarity with their leader, Tinubu were prevented from getting near the venue as roads were cordoned off.
On hand to defend the former Governor were notable Senior Advocates like Wole Olanipekun, Rotimi Akeredolu, Niyi Akintola and Deji Sasegbon. The prosecution team was led by Alex Izinyon.
The leadership of the Action Congress of Nigeria too was well represented at the trial. Governors Abiola Ajimobi and Rauf Aregbesola were in attendance while Cardinal Odunmbaku, Alhaji Lai Mohammed as well as the Action Congress of Nigeria caucus in the National Assembly came to show support.
When the session commenced, the Prosecution filed an application to amend the initial 10 count charge to 3 counts. The defence team did not object to the amendment of the charges but made an observation that it had already filed a motion to challenge the jurisdiction of the matter. It was later admitted that the motion stands, despite the amendment.
After the arguments put forward by the prosecution and defence teams, the Tribunal adjourned the case to October 26, 2011.