The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT has refused Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki’s application to quash the 13-count criminal charge the Federal Government leveled against 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.
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 FRN vs Tinubu was in error and has clearly departed from it”.