* As Lawan Group Alleges N/Assembly Clark Forged Senate Rule To Impose Him
Senators loyal to Senator Ahmed Lawan on Monday accused the Clark of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikaswa of forging the Senate Rules to force Senator Bukola Saraki on the Senate as the President.
The turn of events is indicating more troubles for the Senate President amid threat of a court action to remove him from office on the strength of the evidence against him.
The Lawan group, otherwise known as the Unity Forum is alleging that prior to the election of the Senate President on June 9, the official of the National Assembly had secretly forged the Senate Rules by infusing a clause of secret ballot into the Rule as an amended copy.
The old Rule of the Senate had specified that election of the Senate President should be by open ballot, whereas, a copy of the new rule circulated to members is indicating that the election shall be by secret ballot.
What the Unity Forum Members found confusing was that no amendment was carried out on the Senate rule, while the 7th Senate lasted.
Spokesperson for the Unity Forum members, Senator Kabiru Marafa in a chat with newsmen said his colleagues could not ascertain when indeed, the sinister clause was infused into the Senate Rule.
Marafa who produced copies of the new and the old Senate Rules to newsmen in Abuja, read out the offensive clause which was said to have been infused into the new Rule of the Senate.
The Old Rule of the Senate used by the 7th Assembly read, “Voting shall be conducted by the Clark at the table, using the division list of the Senate with the teller in attendance. The Clark of the Senate Shall submit the result to the Clark of the National Assembly.
However, the new Senate Rule states that, “Voting by secret ballot which shall be concluded by the Clark as table, using the list of the Senators-elect of the Senate who shall each be given a ballot paper to cast his vote, with the proposers and seconders as tellers”
Marafa on the strength of the conflicting clauses demanded the prosecution of the National Assembly management for allegedly being part of the plot to impose Saraki on the Senate.
The Unity Forum shortly after Saraki’s emergence as Senate President had addressed the media and indicated their preparedness to use legal and constitutional means for proving their case that Saraki was not lawfully elected as Senate President.
Although members of the group was said to have engage the services of some lawyers, they were yet to instruct anyone of them to file a case against the emergence of Saraki as Senate President.