Despite 81 Senators throwing their weight behind the leadership of the Eighth Senate headed by Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ikweremadu, the battle for the soul of the upper chamber may be far from over as aggrieved APC Senators have dragged the Senate leadership to court over alleged forgery of the standing order used in conducting their elections.
According to reports, five All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators, Abu Ibrahim, Kabiru Marafa, Ajayi Boroffice, Gbenga Ashafa and Suleiman Othman Hunyuki, have approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to challenge the election of Senate President Saraki and his deputy Ekweremadu.
The Nigerian Police had begun investigation after it received a petition from some APC Senators alleging that the standing order used in conducting the election into the leadership positions of the Senate was forged.
After investigating the matter, the Nigerian Police Force established a case of forgery in the Senate standing order used by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa, in conducting the elections which brought Saraki and Ikweremadu to power.
The police report allegedly stated that the development in the Senate was not only “criminal, but portends danger for our growing democracy”. However, the police recommended a political solution to the issue.
The crisis-ridden Senate, which reopened for plenary on Tuesday, had started well with 81 Senators passing a vote of confidence on the leadership of the Senate.
But on Friday, aggrieved Senators in an originating summons filed by their legal team headed by Mamman Mike Osuman and Dele Adesina, both SANs, urged the court to declare the election of Saraki and Ekweremadu a nullity, “as it violates Section 60 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Rule 110 of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 (as amended).
They argued that the Senate Standing Orders 2015, upon which Saraki and Ikweremadu were elected, was a product of invalid, illegal and unconstitutional rule. They want their election to be set aside.
The presiding Judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, has fixed August 5, for hearing in the case.