Senator Kabir Marafa and spokesman of the Unity Forum has said his group may withdraw the forgery case against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, if directed by his party, the APC.
We recalls that as a result of the fallout of the elections of the principal officers of the Senate,the Ahmad Lawan-led Senate Unity Forum alleged that Saraki’s camp; the Like minds conspired to altered the Senate rule book and consequently, the Unity Forum reported the alleged forgery of the rule to the police for investigation.
According to them, the present leadership of the Senate was elected based on the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended, which contains provisions that differ from the 2011 Orders submitted to the 8th Senate.
Speaking to State House Correspondents yesterday, Senator Marafa asserted that he is a loyal party man and if his party directs that he should withdraw the forgery case from the court, the unity forum will do that.
He said, we didn’t go to court because we didn’t like the face of those that emerged, but this is the will of our party. During the 7th assembly, we accorded the ruling party at that time the utmost cooperation and we knew the committees that we were given that time.
“But now, we are in power it is our own time and we should be accorded all the necessary cooperation. We should be seen to respect the party. If the party says withdraw the case, we will on to withdraw the case. ”
Marafa who is a critic of the Senate President was rewarded with the chairmanship of the Senate committee on Petroleum (Downstream) in the latest committee reshuffle in the Senate.
The Senator stated that peace has returned to the Upper Chambers and the Senate is ready to work together to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
According to Marafa, he has nothing against the Senate President but rather his grouse is that party supremacy should prevail at all times since they are all products of the party.
He added that “I think reshuffling of committees is not new in any parliament. What made that of yesterday a little new is the circumstances of the emergence of this leadership and what followed. What happened yesterday is a result of the efforts the party has been putting in for reconciliation in the last few days.
On Peace returning to the Senate, he said, yes, as long as the party comes in and the will of the party is respected. We are not at loggerhead with anybody. It is not like we hate somebody.
The current Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has been one of my very close friend and senior in the 7th assembly. What you saw happened is what I will describe as loyalty to the party. The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria recognizes only the party, it doesn’t recognize any individual, he stated.