Senate Presidency: Saraki May Dump APC For PDP
Senator representing Kwara Central senatorial district in the senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki has reportedly concluded plans to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in his bid to clinch the Senate Presidency.
Angered by the failure of the party to back him up as the sole candidate for the Senate Presidency position, Saraki, our source said has decided to romance the PDP Senators to get their support.
”He has reached out to the PDP Senators since the outcome of the saturday mock election which he boycotted and where Senator Lawan emerged sole candidate of APC”, said the source.
He told the senators that he is going to work with them and even promising them position. He in fact promised to give a PDP Senator deputy senate president” said the insider, adding that the APC cannot hold him to ransom if they are not willing to help him realise his ambition.
Another source revealed that there is a plan to compromise the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mallam Kasuwa to tamper with the standing rule of the Senate that demands open ballot to vote for the principal officers.
Kasuwa, the source said has been approached with hundreds of thousands of dollars to manipulate the process. There is however no confirmation of any exchange between Saraki and Kasuwa.
Reportedly, a number of senators are said to have already started sending petitions to the EFCC to investigate the clerk.
When contacted, Banks Omisore, media aide to Senator Saraki debunked the allegation.
He said: “There is no iota of truth in it that Senator Saraki will dump APC for PDP. We are committed to CHANGE. No more business as usual”
“On the issue of inducement of NASS clerk, that’s another false propaganda. Just another attempt to distract and misinform the public. Constitution has stipulated what process should be followed in election of NASS leaders and everyone expects that will be followed, Omisore said.
Saraki and his camp may have decided to fight the party and teach the leadership a lesson, especially for intervening in the process of picking the leadership of the National Assembly.