A top Politician, who expressed worries at the desperate moves and counter-moves from the opposing factions in the parliament, said senators were being wooed with as much as $50,000 each to buy into the project.
Despite Sunday night’s denials by President Muhammadu Buhari and stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the current travails of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was not a political witch-hunt, the mood in the National Assembly suggests that some powerful forces are hell bent on pulling the rug from under his feet.
Daily Independent can reveal that some party chieftains may have begun desperate moves to remove Saraki as Senate President and that the plot is thickening by the second.
Investigations further revealed attempts by a coalition of party chieftains to oust the Senate President at all costs, following which a financial war-chest is being deployed for the “Saraki Must Go” project.
A ranking senator, who expressed worries at the desperate moves and counter-moves from the opposing factions in the parliament, said senators were being wooed with as much as $50,000 each to buy into the project.
Senator Saraki has been in the eye of storm since last week when the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) began the process of prosecuting him on various allegations bothering on perjury and false declaration of assets while he was two-term Kwara State governor between 2003 and 2011, when he was elected Senator. His wife, Toyin, has also been under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of financial misconduct while she was first lady.
Those who allege a witch-hunt point to the fact that the couple only became prey to the anti-corruption agencies soon after Saraki emerged Senate President against the preference of the APC leadership, which had Ahmed Lawan as anointed candidate.
There has been no love lost between Saraki and the party leadership including the Presidency since then, despite several claims by Buhari’s aides that the president nursed no grudge against Saraki as the Senate President.