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Saraki Surrenders, To Appear Before Code Of Conduct Tribunal Tuesday
Following his inability to have his arrest warrant set aside by the courts, Senate President Bukola Saraki, has agreed to attend his trial on Tuesday, putting to rest the speculations over whether or not the police would arrest him.
The Senate President had run to the Federal High Court and Court of Appeal to challenge the constitution of the tribunal and get his arrest warrant set aside respectively but the court declined, electing to postpone the matter, hence, his acceptance to present himself at the tribunal.
In a statement issued by the former Kwara State governor’s media team, Saraki still has reservations about the process but has accepted to surrender himself as a demonstration that he is a law abiding citizen.
“While the Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, had 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 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,” the statement read.
Saraki is standing trial on a 13-count corruption charge bordering on anticipatory declaration of asset, false declaration, acquiring properties above his official means as a public officer, operating foreign accounts as a public officer, among others.
He denies the allegations and says his prosecution is politically motivated, with fingers pointing at President Muhammadu Buhari as a result of the rift between the two caused by how the former defied the ruling All Progressives Congress position to emerge Senate President.
The President has, however, denied any involvement in the Senate President’s ordeal and asked him to defend himself before the law.