The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday June 21, 2016 fixed a date to hear the second application of bias against its Chairman, Danladi Umar, in the ongoing trial of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, for alleged false declaration of assets.
Saraki’s counsel had on June 15 filed a second application asking Umar to step down from the case aas he (CCT chairman) has a pending case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Although EFCC cleared Umar of an allegation of demanding N10 million bribe from a retired Comptroller of Customs, Rasheed Taiwo, thee are other subsisting petitions against the CCT boss before the agency.
There is also a petition before the Senate submitted by Senator Obinna Oba alleging corruption and abuse of office.
After the defence counsel filed the application on June 15, Umar had fixed June 21 for hearing.
but at the resumed hearing of the matter, he said he would not be in court on the next adjourned date of Wednesday June 22, 2016 as he would be travelling.
Saraki’s earlier application on April 15 for Umar to step down was thrown out on April 21.
Saraki’s lawyers had on April 21 filed the same application but it was thrown out.
Saraki has been standing trial since September 22 on a 16-count charge.