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REVEALED: Senate clerk says standing orders were altered

30 June 2016, 11:27

Abuja - The deputy clerk of the National Assembly, Benedict Efeturi, has revealed how the senate’s standing orders used for the 2015 elections of Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as senate president and deputy respectively, were different from the 2011 version, Premium Times reports.

Efeturi made the disclosure to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the Nigerian Police.

He said the alteration was based on the directive of the former senate leadership, led by its president, David Mark.

Efeturi said the amendment was done “by convention and practice” and not be “procedure”, as previous versions of the rules were amended by the same method.

Saraki, Ekweremadu, Efeturi and a former clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, are currently facing trial for forging the senate's standing order to pave way for the emergence of Saraki and Ekweremadu as senate president and deputy respectively.

News24 previously reported that Saraki on Monday said he is prepared to carry his cross rather than yield to the nefarious agenda of a few individuals who are bent in undermining the country's democracy.

He stated that their is another government within President Muhammadu Buhar'si government determined to seize the apparatus of Executive powers to pursue their nefarious agenda.

Saraki stated this in a press statement after he was granted bail by Justice Yusuf Haliru of the Federal High Court over allegations of forgery of Senate Standing Order.

He described his latest legal battle as proof of the persecution and distraction that have been visited on him.

- News 24


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