The massive plan by the ruling All Progressives Congress to have its way with the choice of Ahmed Lawan as Senate leader is taking a new dimension.
The party’s desperate bid to ensure that its plan is not foiled by the incumbent Senate President is apprently inspiring the new plans being hatched and carried out by foot soldiers of the party, sources according to Punch say.
According to the paper, a source said, “The executive and, by extension, the APC are desperate to install Senator Lawan as the next Senate President, but they know that Saraki may frustrate their plans. With him in the upper chamber, the party may not succeed in its bid to have its candidate as the next Senate President.
"EFCC is unsure which of the properties belongs to Saraki, so they marked all three houses "
EFCC has turned itself into a Joke. 😂😂😂😂
Mean while they are trying to build a case from the CCT trial which he won in the Supreme Court. 😂😂😂😂😂
— Ifeanyi Emerald Ounah™® (@ify_zoe) May 12, 2019
“So, the ongoing investigation of Saraki has become a tool to be used for the advancement of their cause; the plan is for the EFCC to arrest Saraki and keep him out of circulation shortly before the inauguration of the National Assembly and the election of the principal officers.
This is a witch hunt.
The houses that were recently seized, were part of Saraki’s trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) at the beginning of his Senate Presidency. The suit was later dismissed for lack evidence.
My position is founded on the fact that these same
— speakurmind (@LawalBabatu) May 12, 2019
“This was the reason the commission grilled the National Assembly clerk and other officials about the finances of the Assembly and other issues relating to the procedure for the election of the leaders of the 9th Assembly.”
I am happy HH Emir Sanusi is facing trials, I am happy Okorocha is wailing, I am praying for the eradication of Yahaya Bello, I slept well on Akpabio’s loss. I don’t care Saraki lost. Waiting for Ameachi and Fashola to be humiliated. Smiling at Elrufai as he exiles Tinubu.
— Franklyn (@calebfranklyn) May 12, 2019
Another source noted that with Saraki out of the way, the plot against Lawan by other contenders to the Senate Presidency, like the former Senate leader, Senator Ali Ndume, and Senator Danjuma Goje, could easily be overwhelmed by pro-Lawan senators backed by the ruling party.
Our correspondent further gathered that the EFCC had been dragged into the Senate presidency race by top party and government officials who did not want to leave anything to chance.
The source noted, “The APC and top government officials have been having sleepless nights over the likelihood of Saraki (playing the) midwife and influencing the election of his successor because they fear he may continue to control happenings within the Senate, which may not augur well for the (Muhammadu) Buhari administration.
“This is why the APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and other party chiefs are not taking the issue of the emergence of the new principal officers with levity and they are ready to do anything to get their candidates into office.”
Apart from checking Saraki, it was also gathered that senators who voted against Lawan may face serious consequences for their action as the anti-graft agency was poised to go after them.
Should Lawan fail to clinch the position, Saturday PUNCH learnt that rebellious senators who have pending cases before anti-graft agencies would have their case files dusted up.
“Senators who vote for Lawan’s opponent will not find it easy after the NASS inauguration because their business deals, constituency projects and other activities will be subjected to clinical investigations and we all know what this may mean for some of them,” another senior official revealed.
When contacted, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said he would not respond to speculations about a possible arrest of the outgoing Senate President.
He said, “I will not respond to speculations on this matter. I do know the Senate has its rules and the election of principal officers is done in accordance with these rules.”
But the acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, said the commission had no interest in the election of principal officers of the National Assembly. He said in line with its mandate, it was only interested in persons who had questions to answer with regards to the mismanagement of public funds.
He cautioned politicians against “dragging the EFCC into the National Assembly’s internal affairs,” stressing that the anti-agency was not a political organisation.
He stated, “Like the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said, our investigation of any citizen is not personal and we are not after anybody.
We invite or arrest people who have committed a crime, people who are corrupt. If you are not corrupt, we can’t arrest or detain you.”
Asked about the reported interrogation of Mohammed Sani-Omolori-led National Assembly management, including the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Patrick Giwa, Orilade said he did not have information about it.
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