Forgery: More trouble for Saraki and others as APC launches probe

As the controversy over the desirability or otherwise of the planned trial of Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and others allegedly involved in forging the Senate Order, rages, the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), has also indicated its readiness to also launch a probe into the matter.

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This, according to the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is to establish the validity or otherwise of the allegation.

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The allegation of forgery, levelled against Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and some top National Assembly staff, has been described as a coup to destabilise the 8th Senate.

Spokesman of the body, Senator Aliyu Sabi, who made the position known on Sunday, said it was uncharitable of the executive to meddle into its affairs, saying the whole thing smacks of a coup against the legislative body.

But speaking yesterday at the national secretariat of APC, the national chairman said, the party will conduct an investigation to be sure of the allegation.

Oyegun said: “At this stage, l don’t think there is anything to say. In fact, everything is still a guess work. Nobody has said yes, or they have been arrested, or asked to make statement or whatever. As a party, we do not think it is part of our business to interfere in judicial matters of that nature. We will just wait and see as we are even making investigation to be sure that is the situation.”

When asked whether the party wanted the Senate leadership removed for lack of cordial relationship,

Oyegun said: “No, no, no. I don’t know, this is the kind of problem that the press always causes. You are now taking the sensational aspect. You are forgetting the nitty-gritty.

“Did what they say happen, really happened? That is what you should look at. Take the two copies (the new copy and the old copy) of the Senate rules and see if there is a difference. If there is a difference, at what formal meeting was it approved and adopted?”

“You should start from this so that when you are commenting, it would not be sensational, it would be based on fact and reality. You see, we have to change the way we do things in this country; we have to start telling people what is right and what is wrong and to choose what is right as against what is wrong.

“This is where l expect you to start. Don’t start making it party versus ex-issue. The point would be: was an offence committed? Establish that first and then you can move on,” Oyegun said.

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