Information reaching us at the Greenbarge Reporters indicated that the outgoing Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is rallying round his colleagues who are loyal to him to work against the emergence of Senator Abdullahi Adamu of the APC, Nasarawa State and Ali Ndume of the APC Borno State, as President of the ninth Senate.
Information has it that Saraki’s group, which maneuvered him into the Senate Presidency in 2015 regard both Senators Adamu and Ndume as chronic loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari, who himself has been re-elected for second term.
The Senate President, who was defeated at the poll by APC’s candidate, Dr. Oloriegbe Yahaya Ibrahim at the February 23 election is leading an influential group in the Senate, comprising principally PDP senators and some members of the APC caucus who crave his influence to win the support of the PDP caucus. The group is believed to be working on the 2015 template with which he emerged as Senate President with the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus, Ike Ekweremadu, as Deputy Senate President.
The group, as gathered, met last week at the Maitama residence of Senator Saraki where 35 PDP senators-elect resolved to influence the emergence of a new Senate leadership.
The crux of the group’s plot is to ensure that it works with and supports any APC senator that is amenable to its proposal to accommodate the PDP caucus in the Senate leadership.
The group, according to sources, was interested in retaining the position of Deputy Senate President.
The group was said to have come up with Plans “A”, “B” and “C”, preparatory to the horse-trading that is expected to characterise the race for the position of Senate President.
The group’s plan A, as learnt, is to sponsor one of them for the position of Senate President in the event two or more members of the APC caucus present themselves for the position on the floor of the Senate.
If it becomes difficult for the group to activate plan “A”, it was agreed that it should support Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe in North East) who, according to members of the group, was more amenable; and, they believe that with him, they could nick the position of Deputy Senate President.
The group’s plan “C” in case plans “A” and “B” fail is to support Senator Ahmed Lawan who they believed would not act to adversely affect the group’s interests.
It was learnt that the Saraki group resolved that for no reasons should they allow the duo of Senators Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa in North Central zone) and Ali Ndume (APC Borno in North East zone) to step in the saddle as Senate President. Both of them are dubbed as chronic loyalists of Buhari.
Largely unsettled by the plot by the Saraki group, members of the APC caucuses in the National Assembly and in the party’s hierarchy in Abuja are now inclined to deliberately cede all presiding and principal officers’ positions in the Senate and House of Representatives to zones where they could accommodate and endorse predetermined party and president’s loyalists for election/selection.
A source hinted that the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) had already been activated to mobilise concerned state governors and leading party stalwarts to ensure that the leaderships of both chambers comprise identified loyalists.
The National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) will be inaugurated consequent upon the issuance of a signed proclamation by President Muhammadu Buhari.