The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and former clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasua have all pleaded not guilty to a two count charge leveled against them.
Saraki alongside his deputy and the former clerk of the National Assembly took their plea at an Abuja FCT High court sitting in Jabi on Monday.
The plea followed an application by the lead prosecution counsel, M.S.Diri who told the Justice Yusuf Halilu-led court that the matter was for arraignment and urged the court to direct that the two count charge be read to the accused persons.
Saraki, Ekweremadu and Maikasua are facing a two count charge bordering on conspiracy and forgery of senate rule in 2015.
Justice Halilu has stood down the matter to allow the prosecution file a counter affidavit against the motion for bail of the accused persons.
Prior to the stand down, Halilu denied asking reporters to vacate the courtroom.
“I will not ask journalists to leave my courtroom, don’t report what is not correct. I represent everybody; my work is to do the best I can,” Halilu said.