Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu today described the verdict of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory dismissing the charges of forgery against them as a welcome development and a vindication of their position from the beginning of the case that they are innocent of the accusations leveled against them.
Both men were on trial for allegedly forging the Senate Standing Orders 2015, which was thereafter used for the election into their present positions in the Senate.
They lamented that the case was politically motivated, and called on government to avoid wasting more time and resourceas on such cases by also dropping them.
“We believe much time has been wasted in pursuing this needless case and we hope that the same treatment will be extended to other politically-motivated cases. It is also hoped that from now on, the various arms of government will be allowed to devote all the available time and resources to working on the problems confronting the country and finding solutions that will lead to higher standards of living for the majority of the people of Nigeria”, Saraki and Ekweremadu stated.
Saraki is still facing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for alleged false declaration of assets while he was governor in Kwara State.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the presiding officers of the upper chamber of the National Assembly said the court decision was consistent with their position that the case lacked any merit and that the charge of forgery of the Senate rule filed against them can never be substantiated by any fact.
The two men described the case as a “politically-induced distraction” which came at a time when all hands must be on deck to solve the problem of economic recession biting the people, destroying homes and creating severe social disorientation in communities.
They however acknowledged that the Federal Government finally displayed courage and strength of character in halting the unnecessary waste of precious time of both parties by agreeing with the defence team that the case lacks merit and therefore should be discontinued.
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