Saraki Advises Against Speculations On Buhari’s Loan Request

Saraki Advises Against Speculations On Buhari's Loan RequestSenate President Bukola Saraki has maintained that the National Assembly’s position on President Buhari’s request for $29.9 billion loan from foreign sources still stands.

In a press statement, by his Special Adviser Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, Senator Saraki said that the National Assembly has taken a position on the issue as required of it by the laws of the land and legislative conventions.

Last week the Senate rejected a request by President Buhari for approval to borrow $29.9 billion from foreign sources.

The Upper Chamber explained that the loan was rejected because President Buhari did not include details of the loan proposal in the letter to the National Assembly.

Senator Saraki is also advising politicians and the media to stop peddling speculations about his recent visits to the Presidential Villa and linking such visits to the request by the Buhari administration for approval of the National Assembly to get $29.9bn loan from foreign sources.

Senator Saraki said that in all his recent meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the issue of the proposed loan has never come up for discussion.

He noted that the comments by some politicians on the loan issue without any factual basis is unfortunate, as “these politically-motivated commentaries are trivialising a serious national issue” and presenting it as if it is a personal matter that can be decided at meetings between the Senate President and President Buhari.

Senate Reacts To Withdrawal Of Alleged Rule-Forgery Case

Senate on Corruption FightThe Nigerian Senate says the rule-forgery case against its presiding officers, Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has been a distraction to the law making body.

Reacting to the withdrawal of the forgery charges, the Senate further stated that the withdrawal was a confirmation of its position that the nation could not afford any sharp division between the various arms of government.

In a statement by its spokesman, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, the Senate said the decision to withdraw the case and its subsequent dismissal had confirmed its earlier statement that the case was indeed an abuse of court process having been dismissed earlier by the court.

He further stated that the Upper Chamber had always believed that the case was politically motivated and that the executive could not decide for the legislature the genuineness or otherwise of its standing rules.

While commending the judiciary for its continuous dedication and commitment to the rule of law, the Senate called on the executive to go the whole hog and withdraw other cases with political coloration.

The Senate Spokesman stated that with the country facing economic recession, it was a period for the political leadership to present a united front.

Suit Withdrewal

A High Court in Abuja had earlier struck out the two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and forgery filed against Senator Saraki, Senator Ekweremadu, former Clerk of the National Assembly, Abubakar Maikasuwa and the current Deputy Clerk of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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Senator Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu pleaded not guilty when case was heard in June

The trial judge, Justice Yusufu Halilu, struck out the charges, following an application by the prosecuting counsel, Mr Aliyu Umar, withdrawing the case.

Mr. Umar told the court that the charges against all four accused persons are withdrawn because the subject matter is before a court of coordinate jurisdiction.

With no objection from the defence counsel, Justice Yusuf struck out the charge and discharged all the accused persons.

Pleaded Not Guilty

On June 27, 2016, Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu had on June 27 pleaded not guilty to charges of alleged criminal conspiracy and forgery of the Senate Standing Rules, 2015.

All four accused persons pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.

In the affidavit filed on June 10, the Investigative Police Officer (IPO), swore that the investigation into the case had been concluded.

It read: “The charges filed through the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, by the Federal Government, against the senators reads that you, Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benedict Efeturi, Dr. Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu, on or about, the 9th of June, 2015, at the National Assembly complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this court, conspired amongst yourselves to forge the Senate Standing Order, 2011 (as amended) and you thereby committed the offence of conspiracy, punishable under Section 97 (1) of the Penal Code Law”.

It also accused them of allegedly forging the Order, causing it to be believed as the genuine Standing Order, 2015 and circulated same for use during the inauguration of the 8th Senate of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Senator Saraki has maintained that he knows nothing about how the rules adopted in the inauguration of the Eighth Senate on June 9, 2015 were formulated.

He said the on-going efforts to drag him into a case of forgery before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, was just another phase in the orchestrated persecution he has faced since he emerged as Senate President a little over a year ago.

Saraki, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that he was not a part of the leadership of the 7th Senate that made the rules in question.

He also stated that prior to his unanimous election as Senate President on June 9, 2015, he was merely a Senator-elect like all his colleagues and therefore was not in a position to influence the rules that were to be used in the conduct of the election.

I Know Nothing About Alleged Rule Forgery, Saraki Says

Bukola-Saraki-Nigeria-Senate-President-on-senate-rule-forgerySenate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday maintained that he knows nothing about how the rules adopted in the inauguration of the Eighth Senate on June 9, 2015 was formulated.

He said the on-going efforts to drag him into a case of forgery before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, was just another phase in the orchestrated persecution he has faced since he emerged as Senate President a little over a year ago.

Saraki, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that he was not a part of the leadership of the 7th Senate that made the rules in question and prior to his unanimous election as Senate President on June 9, 2015, he was merely a Senator-elect like all his colleagues and therefore was not in a position to influence the rules that were to be 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”.

“Pursuit Of Narrow Political Objectives”

The Senate President further pointed out that the only institutional difference between dictatorship and democracy was the presence of the legislature.

“Therefore, by seeking to cripple the National Assembly, they have declared a war on our hard-won democracy and aimed for the very jugular of our freedom.

“Let us restate the fact that the Senators who initiated the Police investigation in the first place had raised the same matter on the floor and were overwhelmingly overruled.

“They also filed a civil suit and were told by the court that neither the judiciary nor the executive can interfere in the internal affairs of the legislative arm,” he further stated.

The Senate President said he recognised the sundry problems bedeviling our nation today – food insecurity, devaluation of the Naira, inflation, unemployment, failing national infrastructure, insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country, restiveness in the oil producing areas, and general insecurity, among others – and believed that finding solutions to them should be the priority, at this period, for every individual in government, not the “pursuit of narrow political objectives”.

He further stressed that the alleged forgery which he called “needless distractions” would do nobody any good.

The Statement further read: “In fact, it will not help in delivering on the promise of bringing positive change to the lives of our people who voted for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last elections.

“The Senate President does not see what value this current attempt to shut down the Senate by dragging its presiding officers before a court for a phantom allegation of forgery will add to the attempts to solve the problems confronting the nation.

“Dr. Saraki will, however, explore all legal options necessary to ward off this fresh case of persecution and distraction”.

Saraki Vs. CCB: Court Of Appeal Adjourns Hearing Till October 13

sarakiThe Court of Appeal in Abuja has adjourned the hearing of the objection to the trial of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, till Thursday, October 13, 2015.

The Court of Appeal had earlier scheduled Monday, October 11, 2015 to look into the objection filed by counsels to the Senate President, requesting the court to stop the trial of Senator Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for lack of jurisdiction.

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) had dragged the Senate President to the tribunal over an alleged under-declaration of assets.

Although the content of the new processes were not disclosed to journalists, the court is expected to sit on the new date to hear the objections raised by the Senate President.

Alleged False Declaration Of Assets: Saraki Pleads Not Guilty To 13-Count Charge

SarakiThe Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki was docked on Tuesday at the Code of Conduct Tribunal after a short argument between the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) and the defence counsel, Joseph Daudu (SAN), who was insisting that the day’s sitting was not for the taking pleas.

After Dr. Saraki took the dock, the 13-count charge was read to him and he pleaded not guilty.

The Senate President told the tribunal, in his opening remarks that he is a firm believer in the rule of law.

Before today, Dr Saraki had given the assurance of his appearance after protracted arguments between his lawyers and the prosecution counsel over the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting over allegations of false asset declaration.

His spokesman, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, had said in a statement attributed his absence from the tribunal to the legal advice he received from his counsel, that it is not necessary for him to appear before the tribunal at this stage.

APC Accuses PDP Of Finding Faults Unnecessarily

APCThe All Progressives Congress, APC, has dismissed as unnecessary, what it calls the PDP’s ceaseless accusations.

The APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, was responding to PDP’s allegation that APC and the present leadership was pursuing policies aimed at destroying Nigeria’s democracy and imposing what the PDP describes as dictatorship in the country.

Mr Mohammed warned the opposition party to stop distracting the Buhari administration from its onerous task of reviving the country’s fortune.

“The PDP is wondering why we are not responding to the wild accusations emanating from their fertile imagination. It is because we consider the accusations nothing but an irritant.”

Mr Lai Mohammed said that the PDP’s assault on the Buhari administration’s anti-corruption battle is a futile attempt at saving his own neck and that of his party. But unfortunately, it is too late in the day for them.

PDP Accuses Buhari Of Being Dictatorial Over Saraki’s Case

PDPThe People’s Democratic Party has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC and the present leadership of allegedly pursuing policies aimed at destroying Nigeria’s democracy and imposing what the PDP describes as dictatorship in the country.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Sunday, asked the Federal Government to come to terms with the fact that democracy requires accountability, adherence to the rule of law and constitutional order and not the crass infractions, executive arrogance, intolerance and undermining the legislature.

In his words, “Has the President Muhammadu Buhari led government not exhibited all the trapping of despotism, including ruling without the constitutional components of a cabinet, persistent abuse of power, corrupting of democratic institutions, quest to appropriate the National Assembly in spite of the principle of separation of powers, invasion of state government and personal houses, injecting confusion into the judiciary and hounding of individuals perceived to be against its interest?”

He, however, restated the party’s commitment in providing issue-based opposition as well as support for the fight against corruption.

Saraki Defends Absence At Code Of Conduct Tribunal

Bukola-Saraki-Senate-president-president-in-NigeriaThe Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has explained why he did not honour the invitation by the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Friday.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President said that the manner in which the case was filed showed that he would not be given justice.

He said that he “resulted to approaching the Federal High Court for the determination of the issues of competence of the prosecutor as well as compliance with the procedures stipulated in the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act”.

The statement further added that the implication of the ruling by a court of competent jurisdiction is that the sitting of the tribunal had been overtaken by events.

It is for this reason that Senator Saraki chose to go about with his normal official schedule.