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The court threw out all five issues raised by Senate President before it at the resumed hearing in Abuja, the country’s capital city.

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The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal delivered the judgment in the appeal seeking to dismiss the 13-count criminal charge pending against the senate president, at the CCT.

Saraki is standing trial before the CCT over alleged false declaration of assets while he was governor of Kwara State.

Two judges out of the three-man panel held that the appeal lacked merit.

The third judge, however, upheld the appeal on the grounds that the Code of Conduct Tribunal was not a superior court and that the charges before it were not properly filed.

The three-man panel of judges led by Justice Moore Adumein held that the Code of Conduct Tribunal was properly constituted to try the senate president.

Justice Adumein said the two-man panel of the Code of Conduct Tribunal was the minimum quorum required, according to the Interpretation Act, to sit in judgement on any issue.

He said the Tribunal did not err in law to commence trial against Saraki with a two-man panel.
The senate president had challenged the legal propriety of the 13-count charge that was preferred against him by the Federal Ministry of Justice.

The appellate court had earlier adjourned its verdict on the matter indefinitely, a situation that forced the Justice Danladi Umar-led Tribunal to defer hearing on the case against Saraki, a former governor of central north Kwara State till Nov.5, 2015 to await the outcome of the appeal.

The Tribunal took the decision to suspend full-blown hearing on the criminal case after the Justice Adumein panel of the Appeal Court, on Oct. 21, 2015 postponed its judgement without adducing any reason. Enditem

Source:Xinhua

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