The appeal court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the petition of embattled Senate President Bukola Saraki following his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The court on Friday rejected the argument of Senator Saraki that the CCT was not a court of competent jurisdiction to handle the criminal charges levelled against him. “The CCT is a court of criminal jurisdiction, albeit limited jurisdiction. The immediate question is whether it is a court or not. There is no inherent difference between a court and a tribunal. The only difference is that tribunals in most cases handle special cases,” the court said.
[ad id=”1169″]The court added: “The tribunal has power to impose sanctions according to the law. It is a court with specific criminal jurisdiction.” Regarding whether the CCT was properly constituted to try Saraki, the Moore Adumein-led panel held that the tribunal was properly constituted to try the senate president.