Friends in the Gap Advocacy Initiative, FGAI has called on the Senate to thoroughly investigate the emergence of a new rule book, particularly whether it was done in accordance with Order 110 of the Senate Standing Order 2011.
The parliamentary advocacy, monitoring and lobby group noted with concerns, the unending tussle for leadership positions in the senate which has culminated into allegation of forgery of its standing rules.
Executive Director of the group, George Orji, while reacting to a petition written and forwarded to the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase by the Senate Unity Forum over the alleged forgery, stressed the need for thorough investigation into the circumstances of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 used in the election that led to the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President.
Already, Ekweremadu, while justifying the emergence of the new rule book, had explained that every new senate must operate with a new rule in compliance with Section 64 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, as amended.
But Orji said in a statement signed and issued on Sunday in Abuja that in spite of the explanations, there was still need for thorough investigation to unravel how the present new rules governing the 8th Senate came into being.
“We urge that there should not be any sacred cow in the investigation process. The investigation should also be concluded quickly and on time too.
“We demand that anyone found culpable, remotely or directly in the unlawful printing of the said new senate rule should be made to face the music; be prosecuted in a court of competent jurisdiction in the country, as there is no immunity against prosecution provided for any lawmaker in the nation’s constitution”, he stated.
The probe, according to the group, is not all about Ekweremadu or indeed any other individual senator, but all about honour, integrity and character.
The group added that, as elected representatives of the people, members of the National Assembly must be like Caesar’s wife; they must live above board; not engage in any form of criminal activities, much more, forgery.
The group, however, urged quick and timely resolution of the current crisis of leadership in the two arms of the National Assembly, so that the lawmakers would settle in quickly, to commence the real business of lawmaking for which the Nigerian electorate have invested so much time and resources.
“It is our further position that Nigerians voted the present crop of lawmakers into office as part of the larger change mantra, represented by President Muhammadu Buhari, which means that Nigerians expect the legislators to join hands with the president to make laws that would change our old ways of governance.

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