APC Senators Hatch Plot Against Saraki as NASS Rsumes; Atiku Intervenes

Intrigues are set to play out at the national Assembly as some senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had an emergency meeting last night over the fate of Senate President Bukola Saraki.

According to Daily Trust, the senators reportedly met at a location in Abuja to decide on how to go about the removal of the Senate President following his defection from the ruling APC to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Both chambers of the National Assembly have been on an annual recess of over two months since July 24 but they are due to reconvene today.

The lawmakers will, however, postpone the sitting to Wednesday to honour late Rep Princess Funke Adedoyin, who passed away about two weeks ago.

Amid the ongoing threat to remove Saraki, Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan had during the APC National Convention on Saturday in Abuja said the APC Caucus in the Senate would “force through a lot of things and pass the budget for INEC and the security agencies for the 2019 elections.”

But Deputy Minority Whip, Biodun Olujimi, said Lawan “should not cause tension and problem in the Senate. He should not promise the APC what he cannot deliver. Nigerians should hold him responsible if the Senate is unable to sit because the leadership of the Senate is not by party affiliation, it is through an election among all the senators.”

The APC plot is however beset with pitfalls with lawmakers expressing dissatisfaction over the conduct of the party’s primaries.

Meanwhile, sources said yesterday that PDP presidential candidate and former-vice president, Atiku Abubakar and other forces that supported him in Port Harcourt have moved in to protect Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara who defected to the party.

“Atiku has many of his men and women in the Senate and House of Representatives; he has started talking to them to stand for Saraki and Dogara,” a source said.

“The struggle for the control of the National Assembly is beyond what happens between now and May 2019; it is what would happen when the 9th Assembly would be inaugurated.

“The PDP would want to have majority in both chambers because that is the only way Atiku would have a smooth sail when he wins the presidential election,” the source said.

After months of relative quiet at NASS, it appears the legislative battle line is drawn once again…

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