The chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, and members of the Senate appear to be on a collision course following a summon for the CCT chairman to appear before the Senate on Thursday – a day Senate President Bukola Saraki is supposed to appear before the CCT.
Thesheet.ng recalls that the CCT had on Monday ruled that the ongoing trial of Saraki over allegations of false asset declaration will hold on a day to day basis until it is concluded.
However, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions passed a summons across to Justice Umar over allegations of corruption against him, to appear before it on a day he is to preside over Saraki’s trial at the Tribunal.
In a letter dated 18 April 2016, the Clerk of the Committee, Freedom Odolo asked Justice Umar to appear unfailingly by 2pm on Thursday.
In his response, Justice Umar however told the Senate that he has a court sitting on Thursday and throughout the week, and would therefore not be available until after the court sittings, which is on Saraki’s trial.
It was gathered that the invitation letter was delivered to the CCT chairman shortly after he ruled that the tribunal will be sitting daily from 9am to 6pm.
Meanwhile, the Trial resumed today with Saraki conspicuously absent, as he is presideng over Senate plenary.
Saraki came into the chambers at 10.48am and the session took off immediately with the opening prayer.
It is still unclear if he would appear at the Tribunal on Thursday.
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