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Read what Saraki did after Supreme Court judgment

Rattled by the Supreme court ruling Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki said he would confront the tribunal headlong to prove his innocence.
He expressed disappointment at the Supreme Court judgment, which ruled that he should face corruption trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal but added that the charges are politically motivated. On Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed his objections to the trial, ending the senate president’s legal contest.
In his reaction, Mr. Saraki said he was “disappointed” with the ruling.
He said the matter before the court was not the substantial case of corruption allegation against him, but some preliminary matters.
Mr. Saraki however said he would have his day at the tribunal to prove his innocence.
After listening to the ruling of the Supreme Court in the appeal he filed to challenge the process of arraigning him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki hereby states as follows:
He expresses disappointment over the Judgment of the apex court in the country on the six grounds of his appeal.
He however will like to put it on record that the facts of the substantial matter are not before the Supreme Court since the apex court was only invited to rule on some preliminary issues in the process of commencing the trial.
The Senate President believes he will have his day in the court to prove his innocence of the charges preferred against him during the trial proper.
Dr. Saraki will like to thank everyone who has expressed support for him from the beginning of the case. He assures everyone that at the end of the day truth will prevail and justice will be served.
The Supreme Court had held that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has the requisite jurisdiction to try Senate President Bukola Saraki on allegation of false asset declaration.
The apex court panel of seven Justices unanimously dismissed an appeal by Saraki, challenging his trial in the tribunal.
Delivering the lead judgment, Justice Walter Onnoghen held that the Tribunal had quasi criminal jurisdiction to ensure public probity and accountability of public officers.
Onnoghen also held that the Tribunal had the requisite jurisdiction to try the appellant (Saraki) without full complement of the three-member panel.
“The 1999 Constitution has not made definite stand on what number constitute a quorum of the tribunal, but the Section 28 of the Interpretation Act did.
“The Interpretation Act holds that a two-member panel that includes the Chairman and one other member constitute a quorum to sit on any matter.
“In the circumstance, the panel was properly constituted when it commenced the trial of the appellant,’’ Onnoghen held.
Onnoghen held that the six issues raised by Saraki for determination failed.
On the argument that the charge was filed without fiat of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Onnoghen said the Federal Ministry of Justice, as an office, could prosecute offenders without a substantive minister.
“In the light of this, the apex court affirms the judgment of the lower court and therefore, Saraki is to return to the CCT for the continuation of his trial,’’ Onnoghen held.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Court of Appeal Abuja on Oct.30, 2015 dismissed the appeal filed by the Saraki, challenging the trial at the tribunal.
Justice Moore Adumein had held that the appeal lacked merit.
Saraki had challenged the legal propriety of the 13-count charge that was preferred against him by the Federal Ministry of Justice.
The Federal Government had alleged that Saraki made anticipatory declaration of some of his assets while serving as governor of Kwara.
Saraki was also accused of operating foreign accounts with evidence of regular transactions while serving as governor. (NAN)
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  1. why is Saraki afraid of facing trial? he has betrayed the hands that fed him, he was a governor for eight years under PDP, four years as a senator under PDP and he thinks that he can just go ahead and have his way in APC that some people worked for, he even betrayed members of PDP in the Senate who helped him to become a Senate President, I advice him to honorably resign as Nigeria Senate President and face his trial squarely

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