Danladi Umar, the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday, May 17, said he was under serious influence during the trial of Bola Tinubu, former Lagos state governor.
He disclosed this at the CCT during the proceedings of the trial of Senate president, Bukola Saraki.
“We must try to be fair to one another.
“Under the case of Tinubu, we were under serious influence.
“We did what we had to do so we must be fair to ourselves so we don’t delay this trial. Kindly, let us make progress.”
He asked that the trial should not be stalled and should be treated fairly.
He also said that Kanu Agabi, the lead counsel to Saraki, should be the primary lawyer to carry out the cross examination of the witness.
“I swear by Allah that we are all human beings and one day if one of us can pass all these laws, we must be fair to ourselves,” he said.
Recently, the CCT admitted error in discharging Tinubu some years ago.
This was disclosed by Rotimi Jacobs, the lead counsel to the federal government on Saraki’s case said tribunal was misled to discharge Tinubu.
Tinubu who was arraigned before the tribunal in November, 2011 was charged with operating foreign bank accounts, contrary to the constitution.
The tribunal dismissed the case against Tinubu based on arguments that the bureau did not establish a prima facie case.
He was also accused of operating 10 foreign accounts during his tenure as governor between 1999 and 2007 in the charges filed against him by CCB at the tribunal.
The case was dismissed at the second appearance of the former governor at the court as it declared that there was no significant basis to proceed against Tinubu as the charges were “defective and shoddy.”