Another attempt by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to stall his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, suffered another setback as Federal High Court siting in Abuja gave nod for his trial to proceed. Follwing this, indications emerged yesterday that prominent loyalists of the embattled Senate President seem to be retracting their support.
Dependable sources from the National Assembly revealed that major supporters of Bukola Saraki have resolved to withdraw their support for him and follow the moves by APC leadership to unite its members in both the Senate and House of Representatives.
In the interim, the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has revealed that the ruling All Progressive Congress is also strategizing for Saraki’s replacement. “We don’t take anything for granted. As they are planning, we are also planning. The situation is under control,” he said.
Oyegun further stated that “Some of them (senators under APC) are ready to support a change in the leadership of the senate to save the ruling party from further crises and at the same time represent the yearnings of their constituents for good governance by ensuring strict adherence to the provisions of the laws of the country.
“The President is certainly not the type who will interfere in a judicial matter, as that would also negate his straight personality. Things must be done normally. And that is part of the change mantra that we must play by the rule so we don’t truncate the processes. People don’t seem to internalize what change is. If the President says ‘court, free that man’, the same president can say ‘court, imprison that man.’ Is that the Nigeria you want? No! Change means allowing the law to take the proper course. I can tell you the President won’t interfere. The President is straight definite, straight and firm in all facets.”
It was gathered that turnouts at meetings held by Senators loyal to the embattled Senate President has dwindled as a newly formed APC caucus in the national assembly aimed at uniting her members have swollen. Our sources gathered that the caucus comprising party loyalists like Senators Aliyu Wammako, Danjuma Goje, Kabiru Gaya, Ahmed Yerima and Adamu Aliero, are advocating a united APC caucus that is loyal to the party and government.
It was also gathered that the APC caucus in the lower chamber recently met to discuss the crises in the national assembly and resolved that members of the caucus must desist from taking side in the Saraki saga. “The House caucus took a decision that none of us should drag the lower chamber into the senate crisis by making inflammatory statements. Specifically, we are to henceforth toe the party’s line in all matters. The meeting also resolved that there should be no division within the caucus.”