The Senate was in a confused state yesterday over the filing of suits at the Supreme Court, following the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The crisis reared its head,  as All Progressives Congress, APC, caucus in the Senate filed a suit at the Supreme Court, challenging the suit earlier filed by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who withdrew it as a result of the intervention of National Judicial Council, NJC, in the matter.

It would be recalled that the Senate had, through its president, Saraki,  approached the Supreme Court last Monday to seek interpretation of the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Buhari.

But in a dramatic twist, yesterday, the Senate ordered the discontinuation of the case it filed at the Supreme Court over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari and his replacement with Justice Ibrahim Mohammed.

A statement signed by Special Adviser, Media to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, read:  “The Senate has, therefore, decided to discontinue the case it filed in the Supreme Court. It should be noted that the case has been slated for hearing tomorrow. This decision also affirm the confidence of the Senate in the ability of the NJC to successfully and creditably resolve the issues.”

Meanwhile, the Senate APC Caucus has differed from the position of the Senate President, as senators of the ruling party have gone to the Supreme Court to challenge Saraki on the matter.

The decision to go to court, according to the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North), was arrived at the end of the meeting of the senators, yesterday.

According to the Senate leader, the APC, which has 56 members, is challenging the said suit and has vehemently objected to the inclusion of its members.

Source: Vanguard