Court ruling vindicated us on forgery suit – Senate
The Senate yesterday said it had been vindicated by Thursday’s ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole who described the Senate Rules forgery suit as an abuse of court process and a decision taken against public interest.
The spokesperson of the senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, in a statement yesterday accused the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Federation, Mr. Abubakar Mallami of acting a partisan script in the suit.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, the outgoing Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa and Deputy Clerk, Mr. Ben Efeturi, are being tried at a FCT High Court in the suit.
The senate in the statement urged Malami to address the issue of his personal and pecuniary interest in the case as he was a counsel to the aggrieved senators who decided to externalise the issue of election of the leadership of the upper chamber of the National Assembly after they failed in their bid to get their preferred candidate elected.
“It has now become obvious from the ruling of Justice Kolawole and in the facts of the matter before the Federal High Court, Malami was the one who advised his clients to report the matter to the police and now that he has become AGF, he decided to use his constitutional powers to pursue private interest by filing a criminal case in the FCT High Court against the subsisting ruling of a court of coordinate jurisdiction,” he said.
He said the senate invited the AGF to throw light on the forgery case, and not to challenge his right to file, take over or discontinue any criminal case but for him to explain the issues of conflict of interest, abuse of office, disrespect of a subsisting order of a court and violation of the principle of Separation of Powers which are being raised against him.
“In conclusion, the senate is calling on all parties, Mr. Malami, the Attorney General inclusive, to heed the wise, timely and apt advice of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar that “it is time to move on”. Truly, Nigeria needs our collective energy to address the various challenges - notably increasing poverty, hunger, youth unemployment, general insecurity and kidnapping, among others - which are time bombs that we can only ignore at our own collective peril”, the statement said.