OrderPaperToday – The Code of Conduct Tribunal has fixed March 24, 2016 to rule on the fresh challenge of jurisdiction raised against by President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Yakubu Umar, who fixed the date, explained that the ruling on the application challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal, will determine the fate of the trial.
Counsels to both parties had addressed the tribunal on the application which stalled last week’s proceedings
The President of the Senate had filed an application, through his Counsel, Kanu Agabi, who led seventy nine other lawyers insisting that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minster of Justice lacked powers to file charges before the Tribunal.
He also argued that the failure of the Code of Conduct Bureau to invite the defendant to confront him with the breaches in his assets declaration form was fatal to the validity of the charges.
But the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), urged the tribunal to dismiss the motion, as it was an abuse of court process.
He described the motion as absurd and ridiculous on the basis that Saraki had initially in a similar motion argued up to the Supreme Court level, that the charges were incompetent for being filed at a time the office of the AGF was vacant.
Legal arguments, before now, had gone up to the Supreme Court where the apex court affirmed the validity of the charges and the jurisdiction of the tribunal.