Nigerian Senators abandon legislative duty for Saraki’s forgery trial

Senate Chamber

Nigeria’s Senators did not report for business on Wednesday – one of the three days the National Assembly has for plenary in a week – for no reason other than the resumed trial of their presiding officers.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, are facing trial for allegedly forging Senate Rules that brought them to power in a suit filed by the Federal Government in June before a High Court in Abuja.

The alleged conspirators of Messrs. Saraki and Ekweremadu were former Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasu, and his deputy, Benedict Efeturi.

The trial resumed today, Wednesday, and in manner similar to early days of Mr. Saraki’s trial at Code of Conduct Tribunal for charges bordering on false assets declaration, the Senate did not open for plenary.

Not all the Senators followed Messrs. Saraki and Ekweremadu to court today, but about 40 of them did.

Since the National Assembly was inaugurated in June 9 last year, the Senate has sat for 112 days, giving an 11-day difference between the upper legislative arm and the House of Representatives which has sat for 123 days, including Wednesday’s session.

In the first year, June 9, 2015 – June 9 , 2016, the Senate and the House of Representatives sat for 96 and 104 times respectively, falling far short of 181 days required by the constitution.

Since the lawmakers failed to sit for the mandatory 181 days, lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, said they should not be entitled to full payment.

Since the two presiding officers, Messrs Saraki and Ekweremadu, are being tried at a time, one of the Senators said, the Senate will continue to be shut on the days they are going for trial.

The Senator, seeking not to be named, said the Senate could have passed a resolution to make a “floor member” preside in the absence of Messrs Saraki and Ekweremadu.

“But they (the presiding officers) wouldn’t want that so as to show that their trial has implications for national legislative business,” said the Senator; adding, “everybody is using power where he has strength.”

Senate spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi, could not be reached on phone for comment on this story.


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  • Watch man

    Of course the lootocrats are in the red chamber to loot. Less than 500 people appropriating N115billion for their pocket. Do they care about Nigeria? They paid their way to the senate, at least according to Mrs Olujimi (the one from Ekiti), and owe no allegiance to anybody. So, why won’t they troop to the tribunal?

  • Rollingdollar

    And the daft President through his attorney general did not even prepare his case. Nigeria is a big joke

    • Tunsj

      Very Big Joke indeed my friend. How can a country move forward when you see these bunch of rogues abandon their responsibilities.

      • niran ade

        Who elected the rogues? They didn’t just appear overnight. The same is happening in Edo state as we speak. They pay #2000 and garri for our votes, yet we jump and criticize them. Why can’t the government arrest any politician encouraging stomach campaign? Well that’s a thought for us all.

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  • Mr Change

    Lets ask ourselves if they’ve have work to do.

  • Fada4Life

    The legislative business should be made part time, those bunch of good for nothing politicians are just there to loot the National treasury dry