Master Strategist, Bukola Saraki, Set To ‘Hijack’ The 9th Senate, Adopts “Option A, B, And C”

By Post-Nigeria: March 25, 2019 08:51

Master Strategist, Bukola Saraki, Set To ‘Hijack’ The 9th Senate, Adopts “Option A, B, And C”

Post-Nigeria has learnt that there is anxiety in the All Progressives Congress, APC, caucus in the Senate, over alleged moves by the outgoing President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, to influence the emergence of new Leaders of the 9th Senate.

It was gathered that Saraki is working on how to remain relevant in national politics, having lost his re-election bid for the Kwara Central Senatorial seat.

A source revealed on condition of anonymity, that Saraki had planned to contest the position of the President of the Senate again, if he had not lost the last National Assembly election to the APC Candidate, Oloriegbe Ibrahim, in Kwara State.

The source said: “Saraki is leading an influential group in the Senate, comprising principally, the PDP Senators and some members of the APC caucus, who crave his influence to win the support of the PDP caucus.

“He is still working on the 2015 template, with which he emerged as Senate President, with the Candidate of the opposition PDP caucus, Ike Ekweremadu, as Deputy Senate President.”

Findings revealed that the PDP group met last week, at the Maitama residence of Saraki, where some PDP Senators-elect were said to have resolved to influence the emergence of new Senate Leaders.

The group, according to investigations, plan to work with and support any APC Senator that is amenable to its proposal to accommodate the PDP caucus in the Senate Leadership.

Specifically, the group, according to sources, is interested in retaining the position of the Deputy Senate President.

The source added: “The group has come up with Plans “A”, “B” and “C”, preparatory to the horse-trading that is expected to characterise the race for the position of the Senate President.

“The group’s Plan A is to sponsor one of them for the position of the Senate President, in the event that 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 the North-East), who according to members of the group, is more amenable; and they believe that with him, they could win 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 believe would not act to adversely affect the group’s interests.”

Another source said: “We have 42 Senators-elect already. We need just about 14 Senators from the APC, to disagree with the zoning arrangement of the party, and pitch their tents with the PDP.

“The APC cannot afford to have two Candidates for the position of the Senate President. If they do, the PDP will take over, either directly or by putting a friendly person there.

“Our meeting last week, was to ensure that we act in unity, in order to strengthen our relevance in the 9th Senate.”

However, the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, who had declared his intention to contest the position, during an interview, said that his colleagues would act in unity, to ensure that the APC takes over the Leadership of the 9th Senate.

Lawan stated: “We have learnt our lessons as a party. I believe that the issue of the National Assembly Leadership will be given maximum attention, to ensure that the two Chambers have Leadership that would function well, and collaborate well with the Executive for good governance.

“Many of us in the APC, believe that we are going to listen to what our party will advise us to do, and follow our party’s instructions.