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Can Saraki Survive This?

There strong rumor pedaling around on a gang up to unseat or rubbish the person of the Senate President.  Its believed that some pro-Buhari governors and senators have vowed to stop Saraki’s alleged anti-Buhari move in the Senate.They accused Saraki of pursuing selfish agenda against the president

One of the senators was quoted to have said that one of Saraki’s sins is the Senate’s refusal to confirm Ibrahim Magu as EFCC chairman. This has ignited discord among senators especially those loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari are reportedly regrouping to fight what one of them called “selfish agenda of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his cohorts.”‎

Premium Times reports that a ranking senator who is in support of Parliament Support Group (PSG), said that despite that they are the ruling party, a few senators have turned them to opposition. “Some of us feel we are being taken for a ride. We are of the ruling party but a few people are turning us into opposition for no reason,” he said.

“The main grouse for those people is about Magu. But Nigerians are made to think that  it’s a problem for the entire Senate.  He further stressed that Senators with EFCC cases are not more than 20 but they have lorded it upon everybody to accept their position.” He further stated that a lot of lawmakers “are now wiser and will not allow them to be used as props in a proxy war.”

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It was reported that the initial rallying point for the senators was a move to stop the National Assembly from vetoing the president’s refusal to assent on the newly amended electoral act. The arrow-head of the group of senators, called Parliament Support Group (PSG) told Premium Times they are now pursuing a wider agenda.

The PSG is led by Abdullahi Adamu, who was recently removed as chairman of Northern Senators Forum. The amendment to the law guiding elections including re-ordering election sequence, is widely seen as a move against President Buhari.

In February, some senators staged a walk out when they could not stop the Senate from passing the bill into law. The House of Representative later adopted similar changes to the law, before the two houses adopted a harmonized version. However, Buhari wrote the two chambers of the National Assembly in March announcing his decision to withhold assent to the amended act.

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But fearing that the National Assembly leadership may rally support of lawmakers to veto the president, some lawmakers are mobilising to block the veto. An official of the PSG, who declined to be named as he was not authorised by his colleagues to speak, said the group has so far signed on 46 senators. He said the number “is more than what we require to block the veto. We only needed 36, which is the simple majority.” Two-thirds of senators (73) are required to override the president’s veto.

The group said it has also garnered the majority of members in the House of Representatives. Premium Times gathered that to perfect the plan, lawmakers enrolled support of governors loyal to Buhari. “Twenty out of 24 APC governors are with us and they have constituted a committee under the Jigawa state governor to sort out this National Assembly issue,” the source said.

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According to him, “some of the governors have given their National Assembly members marching order to sign on, and we are still expecting more members. “We hope to have some PDP members too. The PDP has 45 senators, 25 are with them. We are targeting the 20 that is non-aligned.” The group also said it has perfected plans to ensure that the electoral act veto did not get through.

A source close to the Parliament Support Group said the group is meeting tonight  March 20, with some governors and government officials to further strategise on their next steps.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that out of the 108 senators, 46 have signed a register and are reportedly planning to resist the National Assembly’s plot to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on amendments to the Electoral.

In the light of all these, one may wonder if the Senate President can survive this gang up and what would be the fate of the aggrieved senators and the President if it turns the other way?

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