The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, has said that his role as a witness in the case of alleged forgery of the rules applied in the election of the President and Deputy Senate President of the Senate on the floor of the red chamber on June 9, 2015 has to do with his membership of the 7th Senate and as one of the conveners of the Unity Forum, which called the police attention to the forgery.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami had charged the Senate President Olubukola Saraki and his Deputy lIke Ekweremadu for alleged forgery and conspiracy before an Abuja Federal High Court.
Also included are the immediate past clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa and the deputy clerk of the house, Mr. Benard Efeturi. Senator Ojudu is one of the witnesses in the case.
Ojudu said his involvement in the case had nothing to do with his current position as the Special Adviser to the President, but as a member of the Unity Forum.
“My statement and other witnesses’ statement were taken months before my appointment. As a member of the Unity Forum, I am one of those who worked for Senator Ahmed Lawan as the preferred candidate for the Senate Presidency in the June 9 2015 election,” he said, adding: “there are three groups of senators, they are: the Unity Forum, Like Minds and the non-aligned.
“The Unity Forum comprises both serving and non-serving senator. I am an active member, being a senator in the 7th Senate from 2011 to 2015.”
Ojudu said while he was at the Senate for four years, at no time were the rules amended.
“So tampering with the rules by the current Senate was seen as a misnomer by us and that was why we petitioned the police.
“The statement we did to the police on the matter predated my appointment and that of Senator Ita Enang. It will, therefore, be preposterous for anyone to classify me as representing the presidency on the matter”, he added.