Senate president Bukola Saraki at plenary Tuesday May/2017 Photo: Twitter

By Ogbolu George

Senate President Bukola Saraki says he is not bothered by the Federal Government’s decision to appeal his acquittal by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

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The tribunal had last week cleared the former Kwara state governor of 13-count charge of corruption brought against him by the Federal Government.

Minister of Justice and Attorney Gerenal Abubarkar Malami had on Tuesday at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, filed 11 grounds of appeal challenging the judgment.

In the appeal signed by Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) and Pius Akutah, an assistant Chief State Counsel, the federal government is seeking an order setting aside the CCT judgment of June 14 that upheld the no case submission filed by Saraki at the close of the prosecution’s case, even as it is praying the Court of Appeal for an order calling on Saraki to enter his defence.

Saraki yet to receive notice

Speaking with Leadership, Saraki’s counsel, Paul Erokoro (SAN), said the legal team of the Senate president has not been served with the notice of appeal, but immediately the appeal was served on them, they will respond.

”We have no fear about the appeal. It is their right to appeal the judgement since they are not satisfied with it.

”When we are served with the appeal, we shall respond appropriately. We shall meet in court to argue the appeal,” he said.