Nigerian Senate crisis: Lawan group asks court to nullify Saraki’s election


The leadership crisis rocking the Nigerian Senate may have have further deteriorated following the decision of the Unity Forum to challenge in court the June 9 election of Dr. Bukola Saraki as Senate President and Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President.
Some members of the forum are praying a court in Abuja to nullify the elections of Saraki and Ekweremadu.
But the Like Minds backing Saraki hurriedly convened Saturday in Abuja to assess the situation and launch counter-legal attacks if they are joined.
Members of the Unity Forum are said to be angry at what they see as the hard line position of the Saraki group against the directive of the APC leadership on the sharing of principal positions in the chamber.
Their decision to go to court is hinged on alleged lack of quorum in the chamber on June 9 when Saraki and Ekweremadu were elected and the use of alleged forged 2015 Senate Standing Orders (Amended) to conduct the election.
Although the Police who investigated the alleged forgery are expected to release their report this week, the Unity Forum opted for legal redress irrespective of the outcome.
A top member of the Unity Forum said that “We have decided to seek legal redress to contest the validity of the election of the Senate President and his deputy based on forged Standing Orders.
“We want to lay all the cards on the table before the court. If at the end of the day, the court affirms the validity of the Standing Orders and the election of the Principal Officers, we will abide by such judicial pronouncement.
“We have discovered that the Like Minds are not ready to yield ground despite the intervention of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a panel raised by the APC Governors Forum.”
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Source:: New Mail