Asset Declaration Case: Bukola Saraki Assures Code of Conduct Tribunal Tuesday Date-Senate President Dr Abubakar Olubukola Saraki has caved-in to the request of the Code of Conduct Tribunal assuring he would appear before the Tribunal on Tuesday to answer charges of false declaration of assets.
He had been playing cat and mouse with the Tribunal since last Friday and had countered the action of the Tribunal with appeals in both A federal High Court and on Tuesday getting an injunction from the Appeal Court temporarily nullifying the CCT order.
The Tribunal slammed a 13-charge counts against the Kwara state political heavyweight on the ground of dishonest declaration of assets as evidence showed that he deliberately declared false statements.
According to the Saraki, he would appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday claiming that he had decided to take the step to demonstrate his respect for the rule of law in spite of his personal reservation on the process of the trial.
“I will be there, I have nothing to hide. One was exercising his own right both at the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal. So, I will appear before the tribunal. The most important thing is that I believe in the process and I will ensure that I am there tomorrow morning,” he told journalists covering the Senate in Abuja.
Saraki earlier alighted from his both his Facebook and Twitter pages appearing on Monday evening. The managers of his social Media forum claimed that his absence from the Tribunal following advises from his legal team.
The statements an the social media contained in part, “While the Senate President stated and maintained that he is ready to submit himself to due process of the law on any issue concerning him, he also believes that he has an inalienable right to resort to the same judiciary for protection when he feels his fundamental rights are about to be infringed upon.
“The Senate President is a law abiding citizen and his absence from the tribunal was based on legal advice he received from his counsel that it is not necessary for him to appear before the tribunal at this stage since the jurisdiction of the tribunal and the process of initiating the matter are being challenged before the federal High Court Abuja.
“Following the adjournment for the determination of the motion on notice and the substantive suit before the Federal High Court to 30th of September and the appeal pending before the Court of Appeal adjourned to the 29th of September 2015, the Senate President has decided, as a law abiding citizen, to appear before the Tribunal in the interim.”
He added that he was, however, confident in the ability of the judiciary to ensure that the course of justice is not altered.