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How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by Ezenwammadu(m): 10:05am On Jun 30, 2016
The deputy clerk of the National Assembly, Benedict Efeturi, confirmed to police investigators that the senate’s standing orders used for the 2015 elections of Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as senate president and deputy respectively, was different from the 2011 version which should have been in use at the time, details of police investigation seen by PREMIUM TIMES show.

Mr. Efeturi made the disclosure to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the Nigerian Police, which investigated allegations that the rules were forged to help Messrs. Saraki and Ekweremadu to their posts.

He however said the alteration, which some senators denounced as illegal as lawmakers were not informed about, was based on the directive of the former senate leadership, led by its president, David Mark.
He 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.
Messrs. Saraki, Ekweremadu, Efeturi and a former clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, have been charged with forgery. They were arraigned on Monday before a High Court in Abuja.

They deny wrongdoing. The senate president and his deputy accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of bias, and argue that the case is a violation of the independence of the legislature.

In his statement to the police, Mr. Efeturi, who is also the Clerk of the Senate, said the leadership of the seventh Senate under Mr. Mark ordered the 2015 Standing Rules be amended “not necessarily by procedure” but “by convention and practice”.

According to the report, he “stated that the leadership of the National Assembly of the 7th Senate ordered the 2015 Standing Rules as amended by their convention and practice. (He stated) that the Senate Standing Orders 2003, 2007 and 2011 followed the same procedure as that of 2015. He emphasized that in the Parliament, amendment of the Standing Orders is by practice not necessarily by procedure.

“He further stated that during the ruling of the Senate President on the 24th of June 2015, that the Senate Standing Orders of the Senate 2015 is authentic, final, relevant and cannot be challenged. He attached a copy of the debates of the Senate on Wednesday, the 24th of June where the Senate President ruled (that) the Senate Standing Order 2015 as authentic Standing Orders of the 8th Senate.”

“Fraudulent amendment”

Mr. Maikasuwa, who conducted the elections of Messrs Saraki and Ekweremadu, said he did not refer to any Senate Standing Rules, rather, he said he only performed his duty using “normal procedures for the opening of a new parliament”.

He said, according to the police report, “that before the election, he called on the Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly who is also the Clerk to the Senate to read out the guidelines for the election”.
He denied knowledge of the existence or production of an amended Senate Standing Rules 2015, saying he had no business in the daily activities in the Senate.

He told the police Mr. Efeturi was “in better position to know of the 2015 Standing Orders as amended”.
The report says a number of Senators, including Suleiman Hukunyi, Kabiru Marafa, Ahmed Lawan, Abdullahi Gumel, Gbenga Ashafa, Robert Boroffice and Abu Ibrahim, were invited during the investigation.

In their separate statements, they said the seventh Senate did not amend the 2011 Standing Rules and thus, the amendment rules used for inauguration of the eighth assembly was fraudulent since there was no compliance with the requirements for amendment of Senate Rules.

Mr. Lawan, who contested and lost the senate presidency to Mr. Saraki, said, “The procedures for election into the two presiding offices are clearly stipulated in Order 2 (2(i) of the Senate Standing Rules 2011. That contrary to the provision of the above order, the Clerk to the National Assembly introduced and used order 3(3) e (ii) of the purported 2015 Standing Order”.

The report also noted the submissions of some former lawmakers like Ita Enang, who was chairman, Rules and Business in the seventh senate. Mr. Enang, now President Buhari’s assistant on senate matters, told the police that the previous Senate did not amend the rules.

Mr. Ekweremadu accused the police of bias in its investigation.
His spokesperson, Uche Anichukwu, told PREMIUM TIMES that only All Progressives Congress Senators in the Unity Forum—a group opposed to the election of Mr. Saraki – were invited for questioning. He queried the basis for his arraignment as he was neither questioned nor indicted by the police.
In the summary, the police’s CIID said the contents of the 2015 Rules “are substantially different from the Senate Standing Order 2011 as amended” and that “Sections 2(iv), 3(3)EI,ii,iii,G and H, 5 and 7 of the Rules are different in the two Orders”.
“The allusion of the Clerk of the Senate to procedure of amending the Standing Orders of the Parliament through ‘practice and not necessarily procedure’ is a misplaced analogy and undemocratic because the Nigerian Senate has clearly laid down without a proviso, the procedure to be adopted in amending its standing orders as contained in the section 110 of 2011 Senate Standing Orders,” the police said.

It added that, “This practice where some group of senators amend the Rules of the Senate without following legal procedures is not only criminal but portends danger for growing democracy”.
The reported, dated July 14, 2015, was forwarded to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to determine “if this conduct constitutes crime or should be treated as an internal affairs of the Senate”.
Saraki, Ekweremadu not mentioned or indicted
In the report, no complaint was raised against Mr. Saraki. He was not indicted. Although Mr. Ekweremadu was also not expressly indicted by the report, he was part of the seventh Senate leadership which Mr. Efeturi said gave orders for the rules to be amended. Mr. Ekweremadu was deputy senate president under Mr. Mark.
The criminal charges came about a year after the report was submitted to the Federal Government.
Mr. Saraki and the three were arraigned before an Abuja High Court on Monday, triggering a war of words between Mr. Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari.
“That is what infuriated the Senate,” Mr. Anichukwu said. “How could you prosecute Saraki and Ekweremadu who were neither questioned nor indicted in the Police report.”

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/206126-exclusive-senate-rules-amended-saraki-ekweremadus-elections-clerk.html

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by bayulll01(m): 10:33am On Jun 30, 2016
Waaoow first to comment... i dedicate this glory to all the people who are against the fraudulent act of the S.P. and the D.S.P. now to the topic, this is a clear indication that our senate is comprised of highly corrupt and dubious individuals, if you think i'm right HIT LIKE if not HIT SHARE.

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by ijustdey: 11:02am On Jun 30, 2016
It added that, “This practice where some group of senators amend the Rules of the Senate without
following legal procedures is not only criminal but
portends danger for growing democracy”.

okay

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by cktheluckyman: 11:03am On Jun 30, 2016
Funny enough those saying the 2015 Senate rule was forged are unable to produce the 'original' unforged 2015 Senate rule but are rather referring to the obsolete 2011 Senate rule which died with the seventh Senate

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by cktheluckyman: 11:06am On Jun 30, 2016
The 2015 Senate rule is an entirely new document different and distinct from the 2011 Senate rule used by the seventh Senate.

The Senate rules are prepared by the NASS bureaucracy for the incomming Senate

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by quid(m): 11:11am On Jun 30, 2016
cktheluckyman:
Funny enough those saying the 2015 Senate rule was forged are unable to produce the 'original' unforged 2015 Senate rule but are rather referring to the obsolete 2011 Senate rule which died with the seventh Senate
Word.
Iberibe bụ ọrịa. . .

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by Goddex: 11:17am On Jun 30, 2016
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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by LouisVanGaal(m): 12:03pm On Jun 30, 2016
cktheluckyman:
The 2015 Senate rule is an entirely new document different and distinct from the 2011 Senate rule used by the seventh Senate.

The Senate rules are prepared by the NASS bureaucracy for the incomming Senate
No Senate standing rules has been/was adopted for 2015...Why do you think that the senate unity forum keep mentioning that of 2011 There WAS NO ammendment to it..the chief whip even said that...why are you always like this?

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by double0seven(m): 12:04pm On Jun 30, 2016
cktheluckyman:
Funny enough those saying the 2015 Senate rule was forged are unable to produce the 'original' unforged 2015 Senate rule but are rather referring to the obsolete 2011 Senate rule which died with the seventh Senate

do you even stop to read through what you post?

what do you mean the original unforged 2015 rules. The 2015 Senate rules should be same with one used in the 7th Senate. After the 8th Senate resumes, they can now sit down and decide to make changes through laid down procedures.

when a small group of people does it secretly without the knowledge of others, that's definitely fraudulent and the altered document is definitely a forgery and it constitutes a criminal act.

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by jollymizzle(m): 12:19pm On Jun 30, 2016
double0seven:


do you even stop to read through what you post?

what do you mean the original unforged 2015 rules. The 2015 Senate rules should be same with one used in the 7th Senate. After the 8th Senate resumes, they can now sit down and decide to make changes through laid down procedures.

when a small group of people does it secretly without the knowledge of others, that's definitely fraudulent and the altered document is definitely a forgery and it constitutes a criminal act.
Don't mind him.he just had to talk.the case is in court.forgery is a serious offence and whoever is found guilty will be sentenced accordingly

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by Nobody: 12:20pm On Jun 30, 2016
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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by fkpboss: 12:21pm On Jun 30, 2016
Like seriously, this issue is boring me. You will be surprised that this very same issue will be dragged till Saraki finishes his tenure

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by Proffdada: 12:21pm On Jun 30, 2016
grin

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by Okijajuju1(m): 12:21pm On Jun 30, 2016
Tick, Tisk, Tisk,,


All this wahala wey dey Saraki neck, I wonder if he has had time to loot since becoming Senate president.





Some have powers, but cannot loot..

Some can loot but have no powers..

We have Powers and we can loot.. Glory be to God on high.

Amen..

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by veekid(m): 12:21pm On Jun 30, 2016
Jail lo sure ju fun saraki

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by Nobody: 12:22pm On Jun 30, 2016
Where is Mark sef
Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by dotcomnamename: 12:22pm On Jun 30, 2016
Some of you just been emotional over nothing..the law doesn't work on emotions..sorry!! Some wailers brain is too limp to understand that it is abuse of state institutions by the Executive in this case to reach selfish objectives. Wailers dont understand the genesis of this issue. Some senators actually raised alarm, they wrote a petition to the police and even approach a court and the judge said IN HIS OPINION, whatever happened there is their internal problems that is what Saraki and his group are quoting today.

The police after their investigations handed over the case file to the attorney general of the country to ascertain if a crime was committed, the attorney general now said a crime was committed and he decided to drag them to court. Saraki and his group now realised there are many problems facing the nation that deserves attention. The question you guys have failed to answer is, was the 2015 senate rules forged?

So forgery is an internal matter by elected representatives of the people who are expected to leave above board? Examine themselves . All your selfish comments are nothing but the manifestations of corruption , illegality, impunity, oiled by stolen funds fighting back. It unbelievable that any sane person will support forgery. This is a criminal offense if proven. It's unfortunately that's why this country will remain backward . Nobody is above the law and the level of desperation for position and power shown by Saraki and Ekweremadu is enough to for all reasonable men to check mate them because they are not doing it for the people but for selfish interest.

The senate standing rule section 110 was very clear and as a result put forward five provisions to be met if the senate standing rule is to be amended yet there was an amendment without due consideration to the said provisions. And we now have dishonourable men and women parading themselves as honourables , instituting shame and embarrassment to the nation even as far as the US. What is bad is bad irrespective of who committed it and when and where.

Forgery is an offense. Saraki and Ekweremadu have a case to answer. The argument that Ekweremadu was not invited by police does not mean that there was no forgery. The argument that the govt is gunning for Saraki does not prove there was no forgery. The senate standing rule section 110 was not met before the new amendment. This is a clear cut case of forgery and efforts should be made immediately to punish the culprits. Nobody is above the law. This should be a teaching moment for all the senators.

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by timilehing(m): 12:23pm On Jun 30, 2016
Drama
Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by darocha1(m): 12:24pm On Jun 30, 2016
Too much grammar
Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by Puresolutions: 12:24pm On Jun 30, 2016
since inception this administration hasn't done anythng besides the persecution of an Ekweremadu along with Saraki..Confused administration confusing service with persecution. If corruption is to be tackled the list German,British and Anerican Spy/Security agencies gave the president in the wake of his swearing in should be published in the papers and then all people on that list including my father if he's there should be persecuted and they should stop this shameless rubbish trying to win and keep loyalist play hate games..

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by abdulskulboy(m): 12:24pm On Jun 30, 2016
oga, na from where u wan make i start reading this.
anyway, saraki & ekwerenmadu will never goto jail, meanwhile we are africa nt europe or america thats why we are black
Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by Taeewo(m): 12:25pm On Jun 30, 2016
Space booker
fkpboss:
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Learn how to learn what you dont know
cktheluckyman:
Funny enough those saying the 2015 Senate rule was forged are unable to produce the 'original' unforged 2015 Senate rule but are rather referring to the obsolete 2011 Senate rule which died with the seventh Senate
fkpboss:
k
Learn how to learn what you dont know
cktheluckyman:
Funny enough those saying the 2015 Senate rule was forged are unable to produce the 'original' unforged 2015 Senate rule but are rather referring to the obsolete 2011 Senate rule which died with the seventh Senate

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by Mhizizzy(f): 12:26pm On Jun 30, 2016
Fraud government

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by Namzy(m): 12:26pm On Jun 30, 2016
Here we go again
Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by blackpanda: 12:26pm On Jun 30, 2016
If saraki gets out of all this without jail time, all criminals in nigerian prisons deserved to be freed immediately!

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by tomakint: 12:27pm On Jun 30, 2016
Okijajuju1:
Tick, Tisk, Tisk,,


All this wahala wey dey Saraki neck, I wonder if he has had time to loot since becoming Senate president.





Some have powers, but cannot loot..

Some can loot but have no powers..

We have Powers and we can loot.. Glory be to God on high.

Amen..
Clown cheesy grin Saraki is in one deep shiit but wouldn't mind rubbing that shiit on many before going down. He will be thoroughly messed up for daring his leaders. He must understand that he is just Senate President, a body that comprises of 109 members and not the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by Derryli: 12:27pm On Jun 30, 2016
Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by jay2pee(m): 12:27pm On Jun 30, 2016
More issues are unfolding...... All I can say is......BUHARI WHY

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by Lanre4uonly(m): 12:27pm On Jun 30, 2016
This forgery of a thing is now becoming more clearer. I just hope the law (if any) would take its full course. It's a shame that our leaders at the helms of affairs derives pleasure in pursuing illegalities.

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Re: How Senate Rules Were ‘amended’ For Saraki, Ekweremadu’s Elections – Clerk by prinsam30(m): 12:28pm On Jun 30, 2016
When the government is so confused how do you expect them to give us good governance.. ..


The government be like

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