The refusal of Saraki to swear in Air Marshal Isaac Alfa (retd) as the senator representing Kogi East in spite of several court rulings affirming his candidature has been slammed by a professor of Political Science at the University of Abuja. Ojochide Abalaka.
In a telephone chat with Punch, Abalaka said the Senate President’s decision was strange as he did not have the right to choose which court ruling to obey and which to ignore.
He said it was worrisome that despite securing seven out of eight judgments so far in his favour to represent Kogi East senatorial district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, ‘Alfa watches proceedings from the gallery while the current occupant, Senator Atai Aidoko is sitting comfortably in the Senate.’
He said that Senator Aidoko was not supposed to be in the Senate in the first place because the Supreme Court in its wisdom referred the case back to the High Court, nullifying all the judgments prior to that and further stated that only the High Court pronouncements would determine the authentic senator for Kogi East.
“This means that neither Aidoko nor Alfa was recognised by the Supreme Court as the senator at that time. However, when the High Court eventually delivered judgment, it was in favour of Isaac Alfa. It, therefore, remains a mystery as to why Alfa has not been sworn in,” he said.
Abalaka said it was surprising that Saraki, who is a beneficiary of court judgment system could brazenly disobey court orders for political expediency.