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Saraki fights back as Senate rejects ambassadorial nominees

It appears that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki has decided to lock horns with President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC over their attempts to remove him and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

This was evident, first by the Senate’s rejection today (Wednesday, June 22, 2016) of the Ambassadorial Nominees sent by the President last week for the Legislature’s approval.

Senator Joshua Dariye (PDP Plateau Central) raised a point of order concerning the Ambassadorial Nominees list, claiming that the nominations were lopsided and wasn’t in adherence to Federal Character.

His point of order was contributed to by Senators Olusola Adeyeye, Foster Ogola, Sunny Ogbuoji and Shehu Sani who pointed that their states were not represented in the list which defies the Federal Character principles.

The Senate therefore resolved to summon the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary General of the Federation to appear before the Senate Committee on foreign affairs to explain the irregularities of the list before commencement of the screening.

The second major hint that Saraki had decided to play hardball with the Executive was the announcement at the end of plenary by PDP Senators that they had withdrawn their support for the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement read by Emmanuel Bawcha, deputy minority leader, the PDP senators said the reason for their decision was because of the “belligerent” stance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ‎government.

“We condemn the plot to remove the senate president and his deputy through illegal means. We will no longer cooperate with the APC government until they cease their belligerent acts.”

The senators also described the freezing of the bank account of Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as a political witch-hunt, and advised the government to act with caution.“The freezing of account of Ekiti state governor is a clear political witch-hunt. We wish the government to act with caution and desist from acts of lawlessness.”

It will be recalled that 49 PDP Senators, led by the minority leader, Godswill Akpabio pledged to give their utmost support to the Buhari administration, but with recent events, the battle line has been drawn. Bukola Saraki will not go down without a fight.


  • Daniel Fayemi for

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