Senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have said that there was no time that the Senate met and took the decision to approach the Supreme Court for an interpretation of the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe), said in a statement today, Monday on behalf of the APC Senators the Senate as an institution did not make such resolution even as he said that they have dissociated themselves from the action.
“It has come to the notice of the Senate APC Caucus that the Senate has approached the Supreme Court for the interpretation of the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
“For the records, the Senate never met to take any such resolution, and at no time mandated anyone to approach the Court on this matter on its behalf.
“Consequently, the Senate APC Caucus dissociates itself from the said request for the legal interpretation of the suspension,” Lawan said.
Earlier in the day in a statement, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser to the Senate President Bukola Saraki on Media and Publicity, had said the Senate had approached the Supreme Court for an interpretation on whether President Muhammadu Buhari usurped the powers of the Senate or not in suspending Justice Onnoghen.
Saraki’s spokesman also said that the Senate cancelled its planned emergency resumption for Tuesday, to deliberate on the suspension since the Senate has already approached the apex court.