Nigeria: National Assembly Under Threat From Executive – Reps

The House of Representatives yesterday said the National Assembly was “under unprecedented, severe and sustained attack” from the executive arm over the allegations of forgery against Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

Some senators had petitioned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), alleging that the document used on June 9 to elect Saraki and Ekweremadu was forged, and the police instituted an investigation into it.

Adopting a motion by Rep Tajuddeen Yusuf (PDP, Kogi), the House said the planned arraignment of Saraki and Ekweremadu was “a deliberate and concerted attack on the National Assembly to render it useless in the eyes of the general public.”

It said a Federal High Court in Abuja had in July and August 2015, ruled that the allegation of forgery was an internal affair of the National Assembly, which should not be pried into by the IGP, the Attorney-General or the judiciary.

The House urged President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on members of the executive to desist from taking steps that would cripple the legislature.

Source: Daily Trust