Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday finally appeared before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Saraki arrived at the courtroom of the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja to face trial over a 13-count charge of corruption levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
He arrived at the tribunal premises at 9:32 a.m., accompanied by some senators and some members of the House of Representatives.
Some of the senators in court are Theodore Orji, Sam Egwu, Ike Ekweremadu, Shaba Lafiaji, Aliyu Wamakko, Rafiu Ibrahim, Tayo Alasoadura, Hamma Misau, Samuel Anyanwu, Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi, among others.
The chairman of the tribunal came into the courtroom at 10.32 a.m, and apologised for the delay in the commencement of proceeding.
Saraki on Monday had maintained that he is ready to submit himself to due process of the law on any issue concerning him, noting that, he also believes that he has an inalienable right to resort to the same judiciary for protection when he feels his fundamental rights are about to be infringed upon.
“The Senate President is a law abiding citizen and his absence from tribunal was based on legal advice he received from his counsel that it is not necessary for him to appear before the tribunal at this stage since the jurisdiction of the tribunal and the process of initiating the matter are being challenged before the Federal High Court Abuja,” a statement issued by him read.
“Following the adjournment for the determination of the motion on notice and the substantive suit before the Federal High Court to 30th of September and the appeal pending before the Court of Appeal adjourned to the 29th of September 2015, the Senate President has decided, as a law abiding citizen, to appear before the tribunal in the interim.”
“Saraki has taken the decision to attend the tribunal sitting to demonstrate his respect for the rule of law in spite of his personal reservation on the process of his trial and the purpose it may be intended to serve.
“Saraki wishes to assure Nigerians of his absolute belief in the judicial process and is therefore confident that the course of justice would be served at the end of this matter,” the statement said.