Suit to Disqualify Umar as CCT Chairman: Saraki to Know Fate on October 5

Senate President Bukola Saraki is to know on October 5 whether his objection to the continued trial by the Danladi Umar led Code of Conduct Tribunal, sitting in Abuja, would be granted or not.
This as the CCT has fixed October 5 to deliver ruling on the fresh motion seeking to suspend hearing on the 16-count criminal charge pending against the Senate President, Saraki.
The CCT, on Monday, said it has also fixed September 21 to deliver judgment on charge the Federal Government preferred against the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe.
Orubebe is facing a one-count amended charge over allegation that he failed to declare his ownership of a at Plot 2057 Asokoro District, Abuja.
According to a press statement signed by Head, Press & Public Relations at the CCT, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, the CCT Chairman, Justice Umar okayed the matter for judgment in a notice signed by a Principal Registrar, Victor Isibor, for Director Legal Services Department.
The notice dated August 17, contained sittings scheduled by the Tribunal for months of September and October.
Saraki, through his team of lawyers led by Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, had asked Justice Umar who is Chairman of the CCT, to disqualify himself from the trial.
Saraki maintained that remarks the Judge made in the open court clearly portrayed his bias against him.
He said the Judge had in the course of the proceedings, threatened to ensure he faced the full consequences of the charge, despite whatever delay tactics he chose to employ in the course of the trial.
Saraki insisted that the statement eroded confidence he had in the ability of Justice Umar to grant him fair hearing.
He therefore prayed Umar to suspend further hearing and hands-off the matter.
However, government lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, urged the Tribunal to dismiss the motion as an abuse of judicial process.

Author: News Editor

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