Senate President, Bukola Saraki is to face the charges leveled against him by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
This as the Tribunal refused Saraki’s application to quash the 13-count criminal charge him.
The panel led by Justice Danladi Umar, in a ruling on Thursday held that the charge leveled against him was valid and competent in law, stressing that both the law that established it and the 1999 constitution, as amended, conferred on it the requisite jurisdiction to hear and determine the case against the defendant.
Justice Danlandi ordered Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), the prosecution counsel in the alleged false assets declaration case against the Senate President to proceed with the trial on 5th April.
Danladi handed down the order while ruling on a motion filed by the defence counsel Kanu Agabi (SAN) seeking to quash the charges against Saraki.
The Tribunal, relying on the decided case-law in FRN vs Atiku Abubakar, 2007, 8-NWLR, noted that it was vested with the powers to handle allegations bordering on breach of code of conduct by public officers.
Justice Umar, however, admitted that the CCT took an erroneous decision in a similar case that involved the former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
He said: “The Tribunal has since realised that the decision it made on the case between Tribunal’s vs Tinubu was in error and has clearly departed from it”.