Constitutional lawyer and elder statesman, Professor Ben Nwabueze, has said it is not just the Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu who are on trial over forgery allegations but the entire Senate.
This is contrary to the position of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal who had said only Saraki and Ekweremadu were on trial.
The two presiding officers and two others, including a former Clerk are facing criminal charges for allegedly forging the Senate’s Standing Rules in the build-up to the June four, 2015 inauguration of the Senate and their emergence as principal officers.
Nwabueze said the prosecution of the Senate leadership in a court of law under the Executive amounts to use of coercive influence to interfere in the internal proceedings of the Senate. The former Minister who said he was provoked to come out from retirement to react to the SGF’s comments, stressed that the entire Nigerian Senate is in the dock and urged all other senators to come out in solidarity with their leaders