The Senate Unity Forum (SUF) has denied the claims by Senator Dino Melaye that it had withdrawn its suit on the forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, from an Abuja High Court.
A statement issued on behalf of the Senate by the Chairman of its Ad-hoc Committee on Information and Publicity, Melaye, on Tuesday, had said Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, struck out the case following its withdrawal by the plaintiffs.
But counsel to the plaintiff, Mr. Mamman Mike Osuman (SAN), in a swift reaction on Wednesday, described the claim as “erroneous and mischievous.”
In a statement, Osuman said the suit with reference number FHC/ABJ/CS/647/2015 and dated July 24, wherein “the purported elections of Saraki and Ekweremadu were challenged,” has not been withdrawn.
According to him, it was the first suit filed by Adeniyi that was withdrawn and not the one filed by serving Senators Suleiman Hunkuyi, Kabir Garba Marafa, Abu Ibrahim, Robert Ajayi Boroffice and Gbenga Ashafa.
He also insisted that the prayers sought in the originating summons seeking to declare that the elections of Saraki and Ekweremadu are “illegal, irregular and non-sustainable because the Senate Standing Orders (2011) were not amended in the manner stipulated by Rules 110 of the 2011 Senate Standing Orders to produce the purported document titled: ‘Senate Standing Orders 2015 (as amended)’ still subsist.