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Kogi East battle: Alfa accuses Saraki of double standards

The winner in the recent court case on the true candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last Kogi East senatorial election, Air Marshal Isaac Mohammed Alfa (retd) has said that the leadership of the Senate has no reason not to inaugurate him as the representative of Kogi East senatorial district.

Alfa, who spoke to reporters in Abuja, said that the declaratory judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, mandated the leadership of the Senate to swear him in as the Senator representing the district.

He stated that three judgements given in his favour were binding on the Senate to do justice to him by swearing him in without further delay in the interest of justice and fair play.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, had in a judgement on June 13, 2018, declared Alfa as the rightful winner of the Kogi-East Senatorial seat.

The court directed the Clerk to the National Assembly to “forthwith withdraw all the privileges, rights and perquisites of office which the 3rd defendant (Aidoko) hitherto enjoyed as a member of the Senate and shall convey to the Senate President, the decision of this Court that he should forthwith withdraw further recognition to the 3rd defendant as a member of the 8th National Assembly…”

But Senator Atai Aidoko told reporters that he has a pending appeal in the Court of Appeal which must be decided to know the rightful occupant of the seat.

However, Alfa insisted that Aidoko was only buying time by refusing to vacate the seat, saying “By the judgement, the Supreme Court was saying that Kogi East had no senator in the Senate.

“Despite the judgement, which we forwarded to the leadership of the National Assembly, the National Assembly still allowed Atai Aidoko to resume in the Senate.

“The Senate leadership told me clearly that they only obey court order and not notice of appeal. Now that I have a valid court order and my certificate of return, why are they not swearing me in especially because precedence had been set already? Why the double standard?”

Alfa insisted that Aidoko was sitting in the Senate illegally by all the explanations he has given.

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