The recent allegations brought forth by Senator Elisha Abbo, representing Adamawa North Senatorial District in Adamawa State, against the Senate President, His Excellency Godswill Akpabio CON, regarding his dismissal by the appellate court, have been met with astonishment and a swift response from the office of the Senate President.
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The news circulating in various media channels suggests that Senator Abbo directly implicated the Senate President in his removal from the Court of Appeal, Abuja. He additionally claimed that other senators who did not support the Senate President were also marked for dismissal through alleged judicial manipulation.
The clarification from the Senate President’s office emphasizes the fundamental separation of powers within a democratic framework. It underlines that the legislative arm, of which Senator Abbo was a member, does not interfere with the judicial processes or decisions.
In the case of Senator Abbo, it is understood that his opponent contested his INEC declaration as the election winner and pursued legal action through the tribunal and subsequently the appellate court. The appeal court, after careful examination of the Electoral Act, the Constitution, and electoral guidelines, made the decision to invalidate Senator Abbo’s election based on the lawful votes garnered by both parties during the general election.
Office of the Senate President Clarifies Allegations Made by Senator Abbo.
The statement from the Senate President’s office raises pertinent questions to challenge the basis of Senator Abbo’s allegations. It questions the direct involvement or influence of the Senate President in the judicial process and demands evidence supporting the claims made by Senator Abbo.
Additionally, the statement highlights that such baseless and unfounded allegations tarnish the integrity of the Senate President’s office, the National Assembly, and the esteemed Court of Appeal.
In light of the serious implications of Senator Abbo’s allegations, the statement calls for an immediate retraction and a public apology to both the Senate President and the Justices of the Court of Appeal, Abuja. Failure to comply may result in appropriate actions deemed necessary by the concerned institutions.
Dr. M.O. Ubani, Special Adviser to the Senate President.
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