OrderPaperToday – A former Chief of Air Staff, Issac Alfa who was inaugurated in 2016 as the senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, but displaced by the courts within three months has accused the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of frustrating his efforts to return to the upper chamber.

Alfa expressed his disappointment while addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday. He lamented that despite various court judgments in his favour, Saraki and the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, had refused to inaugurate him.

“Out of the eight judgments in this case, I have won seven, including the last six, both at the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court with the only Court of Appeal judgment in favour of Senator Aidoko nullified by the same Court of Appeal.

“All the judgments were served on the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and Alhaji Sani Omolori, the Clerk of the National Assembly. Saraki refused to obey the orders,” he alleged.

Recall that Alfa was removed by the court in 2016 and replaced by Senator Atai Aidoko. Following litigation by Alfa, an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on June 13, 2018, condemned the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party to present Aidoko as its senatorial candidate in the 2015 general election, when it was Alfa that actually won the party’s primaries.

The judge, Gabriel Kolawole said the PDP used rogue elements to include Aidoko’s name among the list of candidates for the election, describing the act as “an exercise in futility.”

According to the judge, evidence provided in court was overwhelming against Aidoko’s submissions. The court then ordered Alfa to be sworn in as senator as he was the rightful candidate of the PDP which won the election.

Aidoko nevertheless appealed the judgement at the Supreme Court. However, In January, 2019 the apex court struck out the appeal of Aidoko.

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