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I Won’t Honour Senate Summons – Prof. Sagay Insists

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), says the Senate lacks the power to summon him.

He, therefore, lambasted lawmakers in the upper chamber for attempting to flex constitutional muscles which he said they did not possess.

The Senate had on Wednesday proposed to invite Sagay for saying that senators were irresponsible and childish during an interview with Punch.

However, the SAN said the senators were ignorant of Section 88 of the 1999 Constitution.

He said, “I am waiting for the Senate summons. In any case, they don’t have the remotest of powers or authority to summon me because their power to summon people is very limited if you look at Section 88 and Section 89 of the constitution.

“I don’t fall under the category of people that they can summon. I am not operating any federal programme to which they have voted money. They are not investigating me based on anything for which they have voted money. So, there is nothing they can do about it.

I expressed my personal view and if you feel very strongly about it, you can go to court and sue for defamation. That is the best anybody can do but to say I should come before the Senate committee based on an accusation by the same Senate committee which is going to act as a judge in the same case? It will charge me and judge me? It is unconstitutional and illegal.”

14 comments:

  1. Why talk tough,obey them and fo

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  2. Why talk tough, obey them and do d needful

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  3. i love this man..deeply rooted in his knowledge of his rights and the truth..bullying sinators una hear so

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  4. Honouring senate is of no consequence when you are not one of their confirmed govt appointees, your engagement with Buhari was just an adhoc attachment, instead let them summon your Oga Buhari so that we know they meant the business-nonsense!

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  5. Insult to Senate is insult to legislative arm, prof take note, to correct that impression senate has every right to summon you.

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  6. Senate does not have the right to summon him and constituting lyrics he had told them. A judge dies not pass a judgement it cannot enforce.the jesters in the name of senators should note this.

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  7. let us look at this issue this way, in this age of social media, there are one thousand and one comments by people everyday, so how many people will they end up summoning? simply nonsensical

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  8. He is totally right, I agree with him

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  9. Na hin sabi..

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