APC wants Assembly’s clerk, Saraki, others

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Ahead Tuesday’s resumption of the Senate, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Nigeria Police to prosecute the clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa for his culpability in the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 (as amended).

It also called for the prosecution of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, as well as former Senate president, David Mark.

In its report, the Police had confirmed that the Standing Rules used to inaugurate the eighth Assembly were forged. It therefore recommended the prosecution of those found culpable of forging the orders, which had been used in the controversial election of Saraki and Ekweremadu, on June 9, 2015.

The report was said to have indicted the management of the National Assembly, especially Maikasuwa and recommended the prosecution of the ‘suspects.’

In a statement on Sunday, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, APC publicity secretary in Ondo State, argued that the clerk could not had forged the document alone, and advocated for the prosecution of other principal officers whom he said were beneficiaries of the process.

“Bukola Saraki, being the first beneficiary of this ‘forged Standing Order’ and other ranking senators, who were of the know of this criminal act, who ought to have the full knowledge of the contents of the text of the ‘Senate Order’ and other relevant documents in the Senate, must also face prosecution and the full wrath of law for complicity.

“It is not possible that the clerk and other National Assembly staff would perpetrate this criminality without been approached by the beneficiaries of this forged document, the leadership of the seventh Senate with the support of some ranking senators loyal to Saraki and Ekweremadu’s emergence as president and deputy of the eighth Senate,” the statement read.