As the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, continues at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), the lead counsel Rotimi Jacobs has assumed a new role as counsel to the CCT boss Danladi Umar. While entertaining a motion filed by one of Saraki’s Counsel’s, Ajibola Oluyede requesting that he withdraws from presiding over the CCT because of pending bribery charges against him.Oluyede stated emphatically that Dan Ladi Umar’s relationship with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as a suspect in a N10million bribery investigation, made him unfit to preside over a case being investigated by the EFCC .
Counsel to the Federal Government and persecuting counsel Rotimi Jacobs immediately assumed the role of a counsel to Umar and argued for him intercepting Oluyede.
"Your lordship hasn't been charged to any court; not convicted by any court. You're not under any trial. Investigation is a mere investigation the defendant here is still performing his duty as a senator. Today he's the senate president and he's now saying someone who hasn't been charged not to perform his duty".
"Mr Oluyede has never appeared before this court as at the time he filled his motion case is between CCT and Bukola Saraki and EFCC isn't involved at all the defender is harassing the tribunal". Rotimi yelled
He raised up various more points in defence of Umar as opposed to his core duty as the persecuting counsel in the case filed against Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Bureau .
Recall that last week Umar had set the precedence by assuming the role of the persecuting judge, the witness and the presiding Judge.