Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Senate Presidency Tussle; Saraki Visit Obasanjo As Senators Sue AGF, DSS Police Others




The tussle over senate presidency on who should wear the crown after the gale of defections that took place in the Senate is far from being settled as Senate president Bukola Saraki is said to have held a closed-door meeting with former president Olusegun Obasanjo at his penthouse corner within Olusegun Obasanjo’s library in Abeokuta.


Although no details of what was discussed were given at press time, sources told urban express news that the meeting was earlier scheduled to hold at 4pm but did not start until 5.30pm when Saraki arrived at the venue.
Saraki who came in a black Toyota land cruiser jeep in company with security aides arrived the Presidential Library and emerged from the meeting at 7.12pm
Emerging from the meeting, Saraki told journalists that he was with Obasanjo to make up for his absence at the formal inauguration of the Presidential library held last year.
He said, “You know I missed the official opening of the library and that is why I have decided to come and see the place and, honestly, it is beautiful; we are very proud of what he has done here.”
The embattled Senate President hurriedly entered his vehicle and zoomed off when journalists threw questions at him about the crisis rocking the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, two lawmakers, Senator Rafiu Adebayo and Isa Misau have sued the Attorney General of the Federation, the police and the Department of state service over attempts to remove the Senate president Bukola Saraki
Senators Adebayo and Misau, who are supporters of Saraki, instituted the fresh court action marked FHC/ABJ/CS/872/2018 before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday.
Other defendants in the suit are the majority and deputy majority leaders of the Senate, the Clerk of the Senate, the Deputy Clerk of the Senate, the Senate President, the Deputy Senate President and the Deputy Minority Leader.
In the originating summons filed on their behalf by Mahmud Magaji (SAN), the plaintiffs want the Federal High Court to determine whether in view of the provisions of Section 50(1) (a) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution, Saraki, who defected to another political party as a result of the division in his former party, can be made to vacate his office other than in accordance with Section 50 of the constitution.
Adebayo and Misau, who represent Kwara-South and Bauchi-Central senatorial districts respectively, also want the court to determine whether Saraki can be compelled to vacate his office on the grounds that he is not a member of the political party with a majority of senators in the Senate in view of the combined reading of Section 50 of the constitution and Order 3 Rule 8 of the Senate Standing Orders.

The court was also urged to determine whether the Senate President could be said to have vacated his office by virtue of Section 50(2) of the constitution when he had not ceased to be a member of the Senate or the Senate dissolved.

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