For the umpteenth time, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki has filed a motion asking the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar to disqualify self from the his (Saraki) ongoing trial on matters relating to false assets declaration.
The fresh application is the second filed by the Senate President asking the CCT chairman to withdraw from his trial.
At the resumed hearing Wednesday, Saraki’s lawyer told the Tribunal that a fresh motion has been filed asking the Chairman of the Tribunal, Umar, to step down based on the statement the Chairman made at the last proceedings.
At last sitting on June 7, Umar had told Saraki that he would face the full wrath of his trial no matter the delay tactics he employed.
Umar had warned Saraki that he would face the full consequences of his charges.
The CCT Chairman who was reacting to the complaints by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, on allegation of delay tactics against the defendant, said the consequences of the trial and charges will in no way mitigate the offence of the accused person.
Umar said that he had taken note of the delay tactics being employed by Saraki’s lawyers, and warned that the tactics would in no way help Saraki.
“Im not happy at the delay tactics of defence counsel and I must say that the delay tactics will not affect the consequences of this Tribunal.
At this stage, the lead defence counsel Kanu Agabi, got up and asked the Chairman on what he meant by the “consequences of the Tribunal”
Agabi told the Tribunal Chairman that he and his client were worried over assumed prejudices.
The former AGF cautioned the Tribunal against influence from “opposition and enemy”, adding that the defence team is against assumed prejudices and it is against injustice.
“We are not worried from the defence side about the law but we are worried about enemies, who may wish to use this Tribunal to obtain ulterior motive.
“As the Tribunal we love and respect you, but we are afraid of consequences especially as just stated by this Tribunal this morning.
“Our fear has been reinforced but we pray against consequences that are against natural justice”, Agabi added.
Apparently overwhelmed by the reaction of lawyers to his remarks, Umar said nobody will be prejudiced.
Saraki, in his fresh application filed by Agabi, alleged that Umar’s statement would prejudice the outcome of the trial.
At the resumed trial on Wednesday, Agabi said because of this utterances of the Tribunal Chairman, the defence team was no longer comfortable, saying he is not sure his client would get justice from the Tribunal as far as Umar is the head.
He said Umar lacked the moral rectitude to continue overseeing the case.
Although, the prosecution team did not show up in court today, Umar, adjourned till June 21 for hearing on the fresh disqualification motion.
The Tribunal Chairman said a notice would be communicated to Jacobs, lead prosecution counsel, advising him on the new date and development.