The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday appeared at the Code of Conduct Tribunal with 90 lawyers for the continuation of his trial.
Mr. Saraki had in the last two sittings presented 80 lawyers.
But in Wednesday’s sitting, Mr. Saraki’s lead counsel, Kanu Agabi, told the court that 90 lawyers formed the defense team for the Senate president at the tribunal.
“We are altogether 90 of us here today”, Mr. Agabi told the tribunal shortly after the commencement of trial.
During the previous sitting, when Mr. Agabi was accompanied with 79 lawyers, he (Mr. Agabi) told the tribunal that his client was well prepared for a contest by vote, between counsels, if the need arises.
“At some point, the trial should be subjected to vote, My Lord,” Mr. Agabi told the court in an effort to buttress the fact that they had a numerical strength.
The prosecution team had about 10 lawyers at Wednesday’s sitting.
But while calling for the appearance of the 90 lawyers, it was found that scores of them were not physically present in court.
This was not the case when Mr. Saraki arrived with 80 lawyers, as all 80 of them confirmed their presence in court.
(Source: PREMIUM TIMES)