A former Chief of Air Staff, who was inaugurated in 2016 as a senator to represent the Kogi East Senatorial District, Issac Alfa, has accused the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of frustrating his efforts to return to the red chamber despite court judgement.
Alfa, who addressed journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, lamented that despite valid court judgments in his favour, Senator Bukola Saraki and the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Mohammed Sani-Omolori, had refused to inaugurate him.
Recall, the retired military general was removed by the court in 2016, three months after his inauguration, while his challenger, Senator Atai Aidoko, took over his seat.
After series of litigation, an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court led by a judge, Gabriel Kolawole, on June 13, 2018, condemned the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party to present Aidoko as its senatorial candidate in the 2015 general election, when it was Alfa that actually won the party’s primaries.
Kolawole said the PDP used rogue elements to include Aidoko’s name among the list of candidates for the March 2015 election and described the act as, “an exercise in futility.”
According to the judge, evidence provided in court was overwhelming against Aidoko’s submissions.
The court ordered Alfa to be sworn in as senator as he was the rightful candidate of the PDP which won the election.
The court’s decision followed a December 2017 Appeal Court ruling which affirmed an earlier decision of the Supreme Court, ordering a fresh start into the pre-election matter.
Like the Appeal Court, Aidoko and the PDP were ordered by the FHC to pay N750,000 each to Alfa as damages for taking him through a long battle over something he ought not to have dragged in court.
But Alfa said the presiding officer of the senate had refused to obey the court judgment citing some technical issues.
He alleged that Saraki deliberately ignored the court order because the judgment said he should be sworn in by either the Clerk of the National Assembly or the Senate President.
He said, “Out of the eight judgments in this case, I have won seven, including the last six, both at the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court with the only Court of Appeal judgment in favour of Senator Aidoko nullified by the same Court of Appeal.
“All the judgments were served on the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and Alhaji Sani Omolori, the Clerk of the National Assembly. Saraki refused to obey the orders.”
In his reaction, Saraki, through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said, “Nobody is ready for such distraction at this moment.”
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