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Alleged Forgery: I Won’t Go Down Easily, Saraki Tells Buhari

Posted: Jun 23, 2016 at 4:31 am   /   by   /   comments (4)

Rotimi Akinwumi

Abuja – Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday advised the presidency to prepare for a lengthy legal war in the bid to get him prosecuted for alleged involvement in the forging of the Senate rule prior to the inauguration of the Senate on June 9, 2015.

The Senate president, who is battling to exonerate himself from the forgery allegation, however, insisted on his innocence as the noose gets tightened on him in the forgery case.

He said he is aware that the new case being hung on his neck is another attempt in the ongoing move to pull him down, vowing to stay strong and defend his mandate with all legal means through which, he said, he is sure of victory.

Saraki in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described as unfortunate the attempt to drag his name into a messy deal for which he knows nothing about.

He stated that he is only being persecuted for no just cause as he was never a principal officer in the 7th session of the Senate where the Senate rule was amended.

He posited that it was wrong to accuse him of participation in any forgery of the Senate rule as 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.

This, he said, reflected in the decision of the police not to invite him for questioning when the investigation into the matter commenced initially.

“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 effort to nail him through the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) fails, they would find other ways to carry out their vendetta.”

The Senate president noted that the latest onslaught on him was actually against the institution of the parliament which represents the heartbeat of democracy.

He also maintained that the government should have rather concentrated on the very many problems bedevilling the nation rather than gunning for his neck over a matter that will not exalt the nation.

“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 recognises 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.”

In assuring his traducers of his resolve to fight to the end, the statement said, “Dr. Saraki will, however, explore all legal options necessary to ward off this fresh case of persecution and distraction”.

Comments (4)

  • Jun 23, 2016 at 12:22 pm CHARLES FREDERICK

    The Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s case reminds me of a
    drowning man abandoned in the middle of an Ocean without a life jacket. In a desperate
    bid to gasp for life, he is bound to claw on anything including the chisel sharp
    end of a shark’s dentition.It is not clear whether this alleged
    criminal is making a threat against the Presidency?  It is sad that it has not yet dawn on the
    Senate President that for still hanging on this long after being arraigned on a
    13 – count criminal charges that he has lost all iota of credibility and honour
    erstwhile bestowed on the exalted position of a Senate President. What on earth
    does he now think that he could pull out from his corruption ridden bags of trickery
    to embarrass the Presidency? He should thank his stars that ours is a society
    that is bereft of morals, honour, integrity and responsibility. We are all

  • Jun 23, 2016 at 11:12 am ahmed y usman


  • Jun 23, 2016 at 9:46 am Yusuf danumma

    How about implementing the budget?

  • Jun 23, 2016 at 9:16 am Akaa Stephen Lord

    You guys go to court and defend ur selves and stop news paper propaganda

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