Pro Buhari Senators Form ‘Rebel Group’, Says Senate Under Saraki Has Derailed
Senate President Bukola Saraki may be losing grip of the red chamber he presently presides over as numbers of Senators sympathetic to President Muhammadu Buhari have reportedly swelled from 14 to 40.
The emergence of the rebel group followed the Senate’s adoption of a report that reordered election sequence.
A ranking senator, Abdullahi Adamu had led 10 of his colleagues which include Senator Omo-Agege (APC Delta) to protest the passage of the reordered election sequence.
Adamu’s action led to his removal as Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum (NSF), while Omo-Agege is to face the Senate’s Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition.
Meanwhile, the agenda of the currently-unnamed group, according to a member who does not want to be named, is “two-in-one”. The emergence of the group has since created apprehension in the camp of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Daily Trust reports.
Membership of the group was drawn from both the North and South. It also cut across party divide as there were claims that both members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are in the group.
A member of the new group who spoke to Daily Trust said: “We resolved to form this group because we realised that the chamber has derailed. As elders, we cannot just watch. We’re over 40 now and we have gotten high-powered endorsement. The Presidency, Asiwaju and some key governors who are friends of the President have endorsed us.” He declined to name the key promoters and leaders of the group.
He said: “Our agenda is one, to promote the policies and legislation that would enable President Buharisucceed. A similar group will emerge at the House of Reps next week. They are sabotaging the President at the Senate and we want to stop this. Politics aside, the country must be properly placed on the right track of development.” He added that the sack of Adamu was part of the plot to break the ranks of the northern senators.
A source in the camp of the Senate President said they have adopted a fire-for-fire approach to confront the group. “They met on Tuesday and they were only 14. We are aware that they are plotting with a section of the Presidency. In power game, you have to assert your authority,” he said.
Saraki’s media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, responded: “There’s nothing like that. The Senate is compact, and there is no division.”