The Senate President of Nigeria, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has arrived the vicinity of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), where he is facing charges of alleged false assets declaration and corruption in company of about 80 counsels.
The corruption trial experienced delay owing to the late arrival of the Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar, however, Saraki was then placed in the dock as soon as the tribunal chair arrived and the proceedings commenced in Abuja.
It was gathered that aside the lead counsel to the Senate President, Kanu Agabi, 79 other lawyers were at the court premises as early as 9:55am, while the lead prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs,leads a 9-member government team of lawyers.
His counsel, Mr. Agabi, who said that there were 80 lawyers on Saraki’s team, averred that his client would surely emerge winner in the event of a voting contest.
“We are 80 of us on this side, my lord,” he said. “At some point let the matter be put to vote.”
It will be recalled, the bid by the senate president to prevent the trial failed after the Supreme Court ruled that the tribunal had powers and was properly constituted to hear the case against him.