CCT VERDICT: Ekweremadu may take over Senate Presidency functions

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu may from now to take charge as the de facto Senate President following the new verdict by the Code of Conduct Tribunal Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar earlier today that henceforth, the corruption trial of the embattled President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki will now be on daily basis from 10am to 6pm.

The new modus operandi means the Senate President will always be present at the tribunal every day during the stipulated time and will have no time for any legislative functions.

Justice Danladi Umar of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT has ruled that the ongoing trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki will henceforth be conducted daily.

At the resumed hearing today April 18th, Justice Danladi Umar based the decision on provisions of sections 376 and 315 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015.

“Let me state it here for both the prosecution and the defence that the trial of the defendant shall proceed on a day-to-day basis till the conclusion of this matter and it will begin from 10am to 6pm” he said.

He said the court would on each day of the trial go on break at 1pm and 4pm.

Meanwhile, before the verdict at the CCT, the Senate President had delegated powers to his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu last week to preside over the controversial CCT/CCB Acts, a move some analysts perceived as a means to shield the Senate President.

New elections may not hold until the Senate President Saraki officially resigns.

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