Saraki Distanced Self From Forged Senate Standing Order

Saraki Distanced Self From Forged Senate Standing Order
June 22 20:55 2016 Print This Article

By Ayobami Joel, Abuja

Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Wednesday stated that he knows?nothing about how the rules adopted in the inauguration of the Eighth?Senate on June 9, 2015 was formulated.

He said the on-going efforts to drag him into a case of forgery before?the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, was just another phase?in the orchestrated persecution he has faced since he emerged as?Senate President a little over a year ago.

Saraki, speaking to reporters in Abuja stated that he was not a part?of the leadership of the 7th Senate that made the rules in question?and prior to his unanimous election as Senate President on June 9,?2015, he was merely a Senator-elect like all his colleagues, and?therefore was not in a position to influence the rules that were to be?used in the conduct of the election.

He said: “The Police in their investigation were conscious that the?incumbent Senate President was not in office prior to June 9, 2015 and?that was why in their letters inviting some individuals for their?investigation, they only mentioned officers of the 7th Senate. The?last of the letters was written to the Clerk of the National Assembly?on June 7, 2016 and he was not among those invited.

“Those who decided to smuggle the name of the Senate President into?the charge sheet after the fact knew perfectly well that only the?leadership of the 7th Senate were invited for investigation. But they?needed to implicate him in keeping with their declared vow to ensure?that even if their current efforts to nail him through the Code of?Conduct Tribunal (CCT) fails, they would find other ways to carry out?their vendetta.”

According to Saraki: “This so-called forgery case is another wanton?abuse of the judicial process and making a mockery of the institution?of justice. As the Senate earlier stated, the sponsors of this plot?are not only gunning for Dr. Saraki, what they have just launched with?this latest antics is a grand onslaught on the foremost institution of?our democracy. The only institutional difference between dictatorship?and democracy is the presence of the legislature. Therefore, by?seeking to cripple the National Assembly, they have declared a war on?our hard-won democracy and aimed for the very jugular of our freedom.

“Let us restate the fact that the Senators who initiated the Police?investigation in the first place had raised the same matter on the?floor and were overwhelmingly overruled. They also filed a civil suit?and were told by the court that neither the judiciary nor the?executive can interfere in the internal affairs of the legislative?arm.

“The Senate President recognizes the sundry problems bedeviling our?nation today – food insecurity, devaluation of the Naira, inflation,?unemployment, failing national infrastructure, insurgency in the?North-eastern part of the country, restiveness in the oil producing?areas, and general insecurity, among others – and believes that?finding solutions to them should be the priority, at this period, for?every individual in government, not the pursuit of narrow political?objectives. That is why these needless distractions will do nobody any?good. In fact, it will not help in delivering on the promise of?bringing positive change to the lives of our people who voted for the?All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last elections.

“The Senate President does not see what value this current attempt to?shut down the Senate by dragging its presiding officers before a court?for a phantom allegation of forgery will add to the attempts to solve?the problems confronting the nation.”

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