Justice Danladi Umar presently presiding on the trial of Bukola Saraki at the CCT has actually rejected an invite by the senate. Legislators might have established the phase for a significant conflict in between them as well as the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over Senate President Bukola Saraki’s trial for claimed falsification of asset, based on the Nation.
The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and also Public Petitions yesterday summoned CCT Chairman Justice Danladi Umar over claims of corruption over him.
In a letter signed yesterday by the Clerk of the Committee, Freedom Odolo, the Senate asked Justice Umar to appear unfailingly by 2pm on Thursday.
He said he would not be available until after the court sittings, which is on Saraki’s trial. The invitation letter was delivered to the CCT chairman shortly after he ruled that the tribunal will be sitting daily from 9am to 6pm.
The committee said: “Your letter with reference number CCT/HQ/ 126/S/ 111/ 515 dated 1st April, 2016 in which you requested for more time to enable you attend the hearing was received.
“After due consideration of your request, the Committee rescheduled the hearing to give you at least two weeks from the 4th of April when you should have appeared.
“Accordingly, you are now required to appear unfailingly as follows: Thursday, 21st April, 2016, Meeting Room 120 New Senate Building, National Assembly Complex. Time: 2pm
Some Senators are angry over his decision to allow the tribunal to sit from 9am to 6pm.
“They saw the CCT Chairman’s decision as a plot to deny Saraki any opportunity to preside over the Senate plenary throughout his trial.
“Now, these Senators have also launched a counter-attack against the CCT chairman by revisiting the outstanding petition against the judge.
“Shortly after the CCT chairman decided to be sitting daily till 6pm, a letter came from the Senate Committee inviting Justice Umar on the outstanding petition against him.”
But a source in CCT said: “The judge has asked the Registrar of the tribunal to write the Senate committee that he has a court sitting on Thursday and throughout the week and won’t be able to honour the summons.
“The CCT Chairman’s letter was sent last night to the committee.”