By Nero Ughwujabo
The Supreme Court Court of Nigeria has ruled against Senate President, Saraki and paved the way for his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal to continue.
Saraki was brought before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in September 2015 on a 13-count charge of corruption by the Code of Conduct Bureau. He was accused of offences ranging from anticipatory declaration of assets to making false declaration of assets in
forms he filed before the Code of Conduct Bureau during his tenure as governor of Kwara state and failing to declare all of his assets including those acquired while in office as governor.
The Senate President was also accused of other offences which includes the acquisition of assets beyond his legitimate earnings, operating foreign accounts while being a public office holder and as such, violating sections of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended; and breaching Section 2 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
His trial was stalled by legal challenges from Saraki’s legal team which has culminated in the Supreme Court’s ruling today. This political drama is set to play on for some considerable time and many ate questioning whether Saraki will be able to adequately carry out his duties for the duration of the trial.
The Senate will have to consider this matter urgently and it is possible that Saraki’s deputy may well take on the duties until the conclusion of the Trial.