Forgery: I wasn’t invited by Police – Enang

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As the controversy over the alleged alteration of the Senate Standing Rule 2015 (as amended) assumes a new dimension, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business in the 7th Assembly, Ita Enang has denied media reports that he was invited by the police for interrogation.

There had been reports in some sections of the media on Tuesday that Enang alongside other Principal Officers in the 7th Assembly, had been invited for interrogation by the Police.

But in a chat with BusinessDay on Tuesday, Enang said he wasn’t aware of such invitation.

Recall that a petition by the Ahmad Lawan-led Senate Unity Forum, signed by its secretary, Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna North), alleged forgery, insisting that “At no time was the Standing Orders of the Senate amended during the entire life of the 7th Senate neither has the 8th Senate sat for long enough to produce the rules now being circulated and in use”.

Also at plenary on two occasions, Kabir Marafa (Zamfara Central) had raised Points of Order, insisting that the 2011 Senate Rule was never amended. He was, however, ruled out by Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Furthermore, Enang challenged anyone claiming the 2011 Senate Rule was amended to produce the Votes and Proceedings of such amendment.

The Rules and Business Committee is in charge of scheduling business of the Senate and causing them to be printed on the Order Paper.

According to him: “It is the duty of the Senate in plenary (to amend Senate Rule). And that would be reflected in the Votes and Proceedings. So, if there was any amendment it will be reflected in the Votes and Proceedings. And any person who say there was an amendment should make reference to the Votes and Proceedings and the date it was amended”.

On whether any amendment took place in the 7th Assembly, he said: “I’m simply saying if there was any amendment and any party alleging that there were an amendment should produce the Votes and Proceedings showing the day and the content of the amendment”.

The APC lawmaker who failed to secure a return ticket to the 8th Senate, however, failed to state if he is in support of the Lawan-backed Unity Forum or Saraki-led Senate Like Minds. “I don’t want to speak more than what I have said”, he added.

In another development, Ndi-Igbo in the Diaspora, under the aegis of World Igbo Congress has affirmed its support for the embattled Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

In a statement by the group’s Media Director, Acho Orabuchi, any attempt by the Police to arrest Ekweremadu over his alleged role in the Senate Standing Rule would be resisted.

The statement condemned in strongest terms any form of intimidation, blackmail, threat to life and “freedom or act of cowardice to force Ike Ekweremadu to resign his position as a presiding officer of the Senate. Senator Ekweremadu shall not resign a position he clearly and legally won in a fair and free election setting – an election in which his peers freely participated and overwhelmingly elected him based on his impeccable credentials and unparalleled antecedents”.

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