The embattled Senate President Bukola Saraki currently stands the risk of losing his highly esteemed position following a refusal to satisfy certain conditions set by his political saboteurs victimizing him with the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
These may not be good times for the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, as a complex negotiation to save his job through a political solution to his false asset declaration trial appeared to have failed.
The last-minute attempt to save Saraki was said to have been spearheaded by some leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress but the efforts crumbled because of the conditions which Saraki had found impossible to satisfy, according to The Punch.
If the efforts had not failed, a source said Saraki would not have appeared before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Wednesday and be in the dock for the second time within one month.
The APC face-savers were said to have prevailed on the Senate president to respect the party’s position on the appointment of the Senate leadership, a position Saraki had breached when he chose Senators Ali Ndume, Bala Na’Allah and Francis Alimikhena, as Senate Leader, Deputy Leader and Deputy Majority Whip, respectively.
The APC choices for the positions had been Senator Ahmed Lawan (North-East) as Majority Leader; George Akume (North-Central) as deputy Majority Leader, and Abu Ibrahim (North-West) as Deputy Chief Whip.
Reversing the positions was said to have been the minimum condition for Saraki to retain his position as the Number Three man.
Sources, who asked not to be identified, said Saraki had indeed tried to reverse the appointments of the Senate principal officers but that he met resistance from them, especially Ndume, who was said to have told the Senate president to his face that he could not surrender the mandate given to him by other senators from his zone.