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No Crown in Senate to Wear, Melaye Tells Oshiomhole
• I’ve no case with EFCC, Adamu insists
By Deji Elumoye in Abuja
A member of the National Assembly representing Kogi West senatorial district of Kogi State, Senator Dino Melaye, yesterday faulted the recent call by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, on the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, to resign and return his crown to the APC, having defected from the ruling party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Melaye said it was wrong for the APC national chairman to liken the Senate presidency to a crown, adding that there is no crown in the National Assembly for any senator to wear.
This is coming just as Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has said he has no pending case before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Melaye who spoke in Abuja expressed disappointment with the position of Oshiomhole over the issue of Senate presidency.
“Crown is worn by cultural lineage and possibly diabolical means and in the Senate, there is no crown for any senator or Senate president to wear, and I begin to wonder why a party chairman like Oshiomhole will not know that the seat of the Senate president has no party affiliation and the election of Senate President is democracy in action irrespective of party affiliation but now I understand that you can’t give what you don’t have,” Melaye said.
He advised Oshiomhole to be abreast of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the extant laws of the Senate” before commenting on issues like this next time”.
According to him, Saraki emerged as Senate President on June 9, 2015, with the support of mainly 42 senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) out of the total number of senators that elected him.
He added that any attempt by APC senators to reconvene the Senate before the adjourned date of September 5 would be an exercise in futility.
“Senate Rule 12 is clear about this as only the presiding officers (Senate President or his Deputy) can reconvene the Senate outside the adjourned date and in their own myopic and intellectual porosity, they forgot that we adjourned for time and the provision of our rules that the vote and proceedings of our last sitting had been approved
“ Such attempt or move by APC Senators will never happen and will amount to exercise in futility to impress President Muhammadu Buhari as whatever is illegal will continue to be illegal while I will continue to defend democracy no matter whose ox is gored,” he added.
Meanwhile, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has punctured the Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s claim that he has a case with the EFCC.
Saraki had accused Adamu of becoming the attack dog of the presidency since the EFCC dusted his file on alleged case of corruption and also went ahead to arraign Adamu’s son in court.
Adamu, who chairs the Senate committee on Agriculture, said he told Saraki when his case was struck out at the court in 2016.
“ I think because Saraki has so much to talk about EFCC, he is being dishonest about it. This is because when my case was terminated, when it was discharged, in the Federal High Court in Lafia, way back on June 28, 2016, as a Senator, when I got back to Abuja, I went to him (Saraki) and told him that my case has been discharged. All the other accused persons were discharged.
“ He congratulated me. Of course it wasn’t for him to announce formally at plenary, but he congratulated me. There were other colleagues of mine I discussed the matter with. They knew about it. Each time they talk about Abdullahi Adamu, they say EFCC, I have no case with EFCC. I’ll give you the documents to peruse.”
Adamu made available the ruling on his case by a Federal High Court sitting in Lafia dated June 28, 2016, with reference number (FHC/LF/CR/08/2010.
The prosecution in an application dated 25th May, 2016 seeks to withdraw the suit. The application was supported by affidavit of 11 paragraphs and written address. The Prosecuting Counsel, Mr. Salisu A Majidadi in moving the application relied on the averments in the affidavit and adopted the written address.
The Court presided over Justice A. A.Okeke had while ruling on the application by the prosecution counsel struck out the case and discharged Adamu and the 11 other accused persons.