Counsel for Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Mr Ajibola Oluyede, yesterday, said, in Lagos, that there was truth in the report that Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court Lagos, nearly granted an injunction to stop the trial of the Senate President, Dr Saraki before the Code of Conduct Tribunal without notice to defendants in the suit.
Oluyede said this while briefing newsmen in reaction to story carried by an online portal, Sahara Reporters, describing the report as nothing but a falsehood and malicious publication.
He explained that the Suit No: FHCL/L/CV/1507/2015 filed before the court was meant to preserve Senator Saraki’s fundamental rights to a fair hearing, to be presumed innocent until proved guilty and to liberty.
According to Oluyede, his decision to file the application was to seek remedies connected with the politically-motivated arraignment of Saraki before the CCT and an expose further plan to utilise the respondents in the suit to draw up charges against Senator Saraki and arraign him before a Lagos State High Court.
“The respondents in the suit comprised of the Attorney General of the Federation, the EFCC, the ICPC, the Inspector General of Police, the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal, their chairmen and a member of the CCT.
“Contrary to the falsehood in that report, the action was filed on the 30th of September 2015 with Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1507/2015 and was not assigned until the 19th of October 2015 to Justice Buba.
“At no point did the judge indicate any interest in granting/inclination to grant an order to ‘stop Saraki’s trial before the CCT’ as alleged by the false story in Sahara Reporters online portal.
“However, in its report on the proceeding of the hearing, Sahara Reporters claimed that there was a legal plot to grant an injunction ordering the Code of Conduct Tribunal to stop Senator’s Saraki’s trial, but for the ‘intervention’ of an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) lawyer,” Oluyede said.
Speaking further, Oluyede disclosed that assignment of the case to Justice Buba, two weeks after the processes were filed, was as a result of a protest letter he wrote to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, dated the 14th of October 2015, where he complained about the delay in assigning the case to a judge.