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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Unity Forum’s case against Saraki to go on

The Senate Unity Forum (SUF) yesterday vowed to
forge ahead with its legal battle against Senate
President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike
Ekweremadu.
Other defendants in the alleged Standing Order
forgery suit are the Clerk of the National Assembly,
the Clerk of the Senate, the Senate and the National
Assembly.
Senators Suleiman Hunkuyi, Kabir Garba Marafa,
Abu Ibrahim, Robert Ajayi Boroffice and Gbenga
Ashafa insisted that their case before the Federal
High Court, Abuja should go on.
The Forum, in a statement by its counsel, Mamman
Mike Osuman (SAN), against the backdrop of
reports that the SUF withdrew its suit on the
alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015,
made its position public.
There were reports on Tuesday that Justice
Ademola Adeniyi of the Federal High Court struck
out the suit by the five Senators on behalf of the
Senate Unity Forum (SUF).
The counsel to the SUF, Mamman Mike Osuman
(SAN), said it was “erroneous and mischievous” to
claim that the suit by the five senators had been
withdrawn.
He added that it was the first suit filed by Senator
Anthony Adeniyi, who was in the 7th Senate, that
was withdrawn to avoid abuse of court process.
He said: “Despite the legal possibility that the suit
discontinued by Sen. Anthony Adeniyi could be re-
filed, the media should have been more specific
about the case withdrawn.
“Contrary to the misinformation put out there, we
hereby confirm that the originating summons in
suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/651/2015 filed at the instance
of the above-named senators against Saraki,
Ekweremadu and the National Assembly.
“The above particularised suit differs in contents
from that of Sen. Adeniyi as can be distilled from
their respective grounds, reliefs sought, affidavit
evidence, parties and declarations sought.”
Osuman insisted that the prayers sought by the five
senators in the originating summons were still
subsisting.
He said the plaintiffs maintained their position that
the election of Saraki and Ekweremadu was “illegal,
irregular and non-sustainable because the Senate
Standing Orders (2011) was not amended in the
manner stipulated by Rules 110 of the 2011 Senate
Standing Orders to produce the purported
document titled: Senate Standing Orders 2015 (as
amended).”
The senators urged the court to prevent Saraki and
Ekweremadu from “proceeding with the
constitution of committees and appointment of
chairmen and deputy chairmen of committees
respectively”.
He said the demands of the Senate Unity Forum are
as follows:
The Senate Standing Orders 2011(as amended)
was not amended in manner stipulated by Rules
110 of the 2011 Senate Standing Orders to
produce the purported document titled “Senate
Standing Orders 2015(as amended);
The purported election which produced Saraki
and Ekweremadu as President and Deputy
President of the Senate respectively are illegal,
irregular, and non-sustainable;
That Saraki, Ekweremadu, the Clerk of the
National Assembly and the Clerk of the Senate
wrongfully relied on the Senate Standing Orders
2015 (Exhibit “B”) in electing the President and
Deputy President of the 5th Defendant (Senate);
That Saraki and Ekweremadu still seek to abide
by these contrived Rules which are at variance
with the valid, regular and subsisting Senate
Standing Orders 2011(as amended); and
The instant suit seeks not only the reversal of the
illegal elections and appointments but also to
restrain Saraki, Ekweremadu and the Senate
from proceeding with the constitution of
committees and appointment of chairmen and
deputy chairmen of committees.

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