According to a recent report, Senate President, Sen. (Dr.) Bukola Saraki troubles are not yet over. Saraki has been embroiled in allegations, and currently stands trial on claims of false declaration of assets at the Code of Conduct Trial instituted by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
A Cable report reveals that Senate President, Saraki has now been roped in allegations of criminal conspiracy, electoral fraud and forgery over the last general elections held in Kwara State. A member of the main opposition party, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Oloyin Adebayo, has petitioned Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, inspector-general of police, alleging that Saraki committed electoral crimes at the Kwara Central district election.
Adebayo, in the petition, contends the electoral exercise that returned Saraki as senator, claiming that the election was both flawed and fraudulent. He asked the IGP to therefore institute investigations into the allegations and also the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s involvement in the electoral fraud and forgery.
He alleged that Saraki forged electoral result sheets, declared himself winner and perjured himself at the subsequent electoral tribunal. The petition by the counsel to Adebayo, Azeez Olagoke was forwarded to INEC, Department of State Services (DSS) and the National Security Adviser (NSA).
The petition read: “The complaint by our client against the conduct of the Kwara central senatorial district election of March 28, 2015 centres on alleged criminal acts involving: “Barely concealed conspiracy to return Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki. “Dodgy collation of election results & declaration of return; brazen violations of sections 69; 118(1) (a), (c), (e) & (j); 123(1), (4), (5) & (6); and 124(1) (b), (5) & (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended)
“Contemptuous breaches of relevant INEC election regulations, namely, the Manual for Election Officials 2015 (Updated Version) — notably Chapter Three, Section A: Collation and Declaration Procedures, paragraphs 3.6 & 3.7, pages 58-59 and page 66; “Audacious forgeries of INEC’s ‘Summary of results from local government areas collation at senatorial district level’ — Form EC 8D (I); and ‘declaration of result of election’ — Form EC 8E (I); and foolhardy attempt to pervert the course of justice by way of tendering on oath the preceding INEC Form EC 8D (I) and Form EC 8E (I) to the national assembly election petition tribunal holding in Ilorin by Ladi Hassan an aide to Dr Saraki who nominated him for the election and the only witness called by the All Progressives Congress (APC), being its party agent and the only other signatory to Form EC 8D (I) besides, Dr (Mrs) Mulkah A Ahmed, the Collation/ Returning Officer for the election.
“One of two documents that Dr. Saraki relied upon to urge the tribunal to strike out the petition against him as filed out of statutorily permitted time frame and therefore incompetent.”
However, the Senate President’s Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, dismissed the claims, adding that since the same case was pending before the Kwara election petition tribunal the petitioner was merely seeking public sympathy instead of waiting for the court.
Annexures to petition: The Cable NG.
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