Dr Aliyu was absent yesterday as the tribunal resumed sitting in the case of improper conduct brought against him for making public the health status of the governor while he was taking treatment in the US.
When the matter was called before the tribunal, Solomon said he had not heard from Dr Aliyu since the last adjournment and that another firm or team of lawyers would be representing him.
The tribunal has the status of a High Court as its judgment can be appealed only before the Court of Appeal.
However, Daily Trust learnt Dr Aliyu wrote another letter to the tribunal seeking to be excused to be absent as he could not obtain permission to allow him make an international trip from the University where he is presently working.
Aliyu explained that he was in the country during the last session but it was cancelled due to the public holiday pronounced by the government for the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Aliyu was absent at the previous sitting and in a letter to the tribunal requested that his matter be shifted to a later date.
Shortly after reading his letter which was accepted by the members of the tribunal, his legal team announced their withdrawer from the case.
Dr. Aliyu’s counsel led by Barrister Bulus Solomon said they would prefer that subsequently he (Aliyu) be served directly.
Though, it was not known if he (Aliyu) has appointed a new counsel, the tribunal however turned down the application saying since they have access to him, they will still remain the only source through which the notice paper will be served.