For the umpteenth time, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has challenged the procedure of his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged false assets declaration.
This time, Saraki has filed a fresh application seeking among others, an order asking the chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, to disqualify himself from further presiding over the trial.
Saraki, in the fresh application filed by his lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), accused Umar of making statements capable of prejudicing the outcome of the trial.
Agabi told the tribunal that the defence team was not comfortable with the tribunal Chairman’s view on the allegation of delay made by Jacobs.
“From the defence side, we are not worried about the law and facts that will be placed before this tribunal by the prosecution. But we are worried about enemies, who may wish to use this tribunal to achieve their ulterior motive.
“As the tribunal Chairman, we love you, we respect you, but we are afraid of consequences, especially as just stated by this tribunal this morning. Our fears have been reinforced, but we pray against consequences that are against natural justice,” Agabi said.