Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said yesterday that he knew nothing about the alleged forgery of the 2015 Standing Rules, saying he was simply a senator-elect, prior to the inauguration of the 8th Senate.
He also vowed to explore all legal options necessary to ward off what he described as a fresh case of persecution and distraction. Saraki said the current attempt to shut down the Senate by dragging its presiding officers before a court for a phantom allegation of forgery would not add to attempts to solve the problems confronting the nation by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
He added that these needless distractions would do nobody any good as it would not help in delivering on the promise of bringing positive change to the lives of Nigerians who voted for the APC in the last elections.
According to him, the ongoing efforts to drag him into a case of forgery before the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court is another phase in the orchestrated persecution he has been facing since he emerged as Senate President a year ago.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, noted that he was not a part of the leadership of the 7th Senate that made the rules in question.
He said prior to his unanimous election as Senate President on June 9, 2015, he was merely a senator-elect like all his colleagues, and was, therefore, not in a position to influence the rules used in the conduct of the election.
The statement read: “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.
“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.