Saraki Moves To Appease PDP Senators With ‘Juicy’ Committees Following Amaechi’s Confirmation
Barring last minute change, Senate President Bukola Saraki will this week announce substantive committees for the senate.
But while the All Progressives Congress (APC, which has majority in the upper legislative chamber is expected to clinch majority of the committee positions, Saraki has reportedly set to appease Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators with juicy committees for failing to stand with them when they need him.
Saraki seems to have incurred the wrath of the PDP Senators with the confirmation of their perceived political foe, former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, as a minister last Thursday.
It is no longer news that the strength and base of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Red Chamber was the PDP Senators but the news is that the base is shaking, no thanks to the nod Amaechi got despite the trap of the opposition senators.
At the inauguration of the 8th Senate, Saraki rode on the strength of the PDP senators to emerge as the number one legislator in the country. The marriage between Saraki, his men and the opposition senators was intact until last Thursday when the former rebelled over the confirmation of Amaechi.
The walking out by the PDP senators on Thursday in protest of Amaechi’s confirmation has opened a new chapter in the Red Chamber.
Although the PDP senators passed a confidence vote on Saraki, pledging to always stand by him, it was gathered the senators still remain unhappy with the save passage he gave Amaechi.
To appease the senators, the senate president has reportedly increased to number of committees so as to accommodate more members from the opposition.
Weeks ago, it was reliably gathered that Saraki had increased the Senate Standing committees to 65 from 57 but a source said more new committees have been created to appease the aggrieved PDP senators.
When contacted, spokesperson of the Senate, Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) described the report as false, “It is not true that Saraki is trying to appease the PDP senators, it is a mere speculation.”
Since 1999, the sharing of committees has been the main source of trouble for the leadership of both chambers.