By Iyanu Oluwajomiloju../
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has vowed to take the “necessary action” against the verdict of the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja, which sends it back to answer three out of the 18 charges against him by the Federal Government.
By the verdict, the Appeal Court led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson upturned Saraki’s acquittal by the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged cases of false assets declaration.
In his reaction to the verdict by the Appeal Court, Saraki, in a statement by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu said:
“On the remaining three counts, which really touch on two issues, referred back to the Tribunal for the Senate President‘s defence, it should be noted that the Appellate Court only gave a summary of its decision today promising to provide the parties with Certified True Copies of the Judgment soon.
“As soon as it makes the details of the judgement available, our lawyers will review the grounds of the decision and take appropriate action.”
Meanwhile, Saraki has said that the court had confirmed his position that he was innocent of the charges against him, when it freed him of 15 out of the 18 charges against him.
It would be recalled that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja, chaired by Mr. Danladi Umar, discharged and acquitted Saraki over allegations of false assets declaration.
According to Danladi, the defence was able to discredit all the evidences adduced by the prosecution during cross examination of witnesses.
The tribunal upheld the no-case-submission of Saraki, stressing that the evidence led by the prosecution was discredited under cross examination and therefore unreliable.
The CCT further held that no reasonable tribunal would convict a defendant on the evidence led by the prosecution through its four witnesses.