Tuesday, 11 October 2016

‘Case against Senators was empty from the beginning,’ PDP says

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu at the Federal High Court in Abuja on June 27, 2016,
The Peoples Democratic Party has said that the government had no case against Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu. The PDP made the comments following the government’s withdrawal of forgery charges leveled against Saraki, the Senate President, and Ekweremadu, his deputy.

The opposition party made the comments via a statement released on Sunday, October 9, by spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye.
The statement reads:

“We are amused by this sudden realization of the Federal Government that the so-called forgery case was a shadow chase from the beginning. It was complete nothingness!”
“More so, the claim through the lead counsel, Aliyu Umar (SAN), that the withdrawal was on the grounds of respect for the rule of law and hierarchy of the judiciary, demonstrates more of comedy on the side of the Federal Government that has a penchant for legal disobedience and abuse of court processes.”
“The principle of separation of powers as propagated in every democratic setting is to allow for checks and balances among the different arms of government in order to prevent excessive or cohesive use of power by any of the organs of government.
“In this context, it was clear to us and other well-meaning Nigerians from the outset that this case of forgery instituted against the presiding officers of the National Assembly was just another bad politics of the APC because the Federal Government under the Penal Code Law has no business with the Standing Rules of the National Assembly as alleged.”
The government had accused Saraki and Ekweremadu of forging the Senate Standing Rules, but the charges against them were dropped on Thursday, October 6.

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