I know nothing about the alleged forgery- Saraki

After being served with summons to appear before a Federal High Court, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, declared his innocence on Wednesday.
Saraki stated that he knew nothing about the alleged forgery of the 2015 Standing Rules, saying he was simply a senator-elect, prior to the inauguration of the 8th Senate.
Describing the situation as 'a fresh case of persecution and distraction',
the embattled Senate President vowed to explore all legal options necessary to ward off the allegations.
According to him, the ongoing efforts to drag him into a case of forgery before the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court is another phase in the orchestrated persecution he has been facing since he emerged as Senate President a year ago; and these 'needless distractions' would not do the country any good, or help deliver on the promises of the APC.
In a statement released by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki noted that he was not a part of the leadership of the 7th Senate that made the rules in question.
He said prior to his unanimous election as Senate President on June 9, 2015, he was merely a senator-elect like all his colleagues, and was, therefore, not in a position to influence the rules used in the conduct of the election.
The statement read: "The Police in their investigation were conscious that the incumbent Senate President was not in office prior to June 9, 2015 and that was why in their letters inviting some individuals for their investigation, they only mentioned officers of the 7th Senate. The last of the letters was written to the Clerk of the National Assembly on June 7, 2016 and he was not among those invited.
"Those who decided to smuggle the name of the Senate President into the charge sheet after the fact knew perfectly well that only the leadership of the 7th Senate were invited for investigation.
"But they needed to implicate him in keeping with their declared vow to ensure that even if their current efforts to nail him through the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, fails, they would find other ways to carry out their vendetta.
"This so-called forgery case is another wanton abuse of the judicial process and making a mockery of the institution of justice. As the Senate earlier stated, the sponsors of this plot are not only gunning for Dr. Saraki, what they have just launched with this latest antics is a grand onslaught on the foremost institution of our democracy.
"The only institutional difference between dictatorship and democracy is the presence of the legislature. Therefore, by seeking to cripple the National Assembly, they have declared a war on our hard-won democracy and aimed for the very jugular of our freedom.
"Let us restate the fact that the Senators who initiated the Police investigation in the first place had raised the same matter on the floor and were overwhelmingly overruled.
"They also filed a civil suit and were told by the court that neither the judiciary nor the executive can interfere in the internal affairs of the legislative arm.
"The Senate President recognises the sundry problems bedeviling our nation today food insecurity, devaluation of the Naira, inflation, unemployment, failing national infrastructure, insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country, restiveness in the oil producing areas, and general insecurity, among others and believes that finding solutions to them should be the priority, at this period, for every individual in government, not the pursuit of narrow political objectives."

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