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Renewed Battle for the Senate Presidency: PDP Vs APC

buhari,sarakiIt is quite obvious that it is game over for the incumbent senate president,

Abubakar Bukola Saraki [pictured above with President Buhari]. Apart from having lost the moral grounds to remain in his position, the evidences against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal are quite damning. 

To make matters worse, the individual who sold the controversial Abuja landed property that is the subject of discourse will testify against him on Oct 22. He is none other than Nasir El-Rufai. The battle therefore has been lost and won.

However the APC leadership who obviously dug up the dirt on Saraki should not clink their glasses yet. They may have won the battle but the war isn’t over yet. 

As you may have heard, the party is fronting Oluremi Tinubu and George Akume as possible replacements for Saraki. By that they also hope to control all the principal office positions and other committee posts, a privilege Saraki denied them. 

But PDP by my calculations may thwart their plans.

There are 109 senators in the NASS (60 APC & 49 PDP). The PDP senators will always vote as a bloc as they already have an axe to grind with the APC. 

On the other hand, the ruling party is already divided with pro and anti-Saraki senators on both sides of the divide. There are at least 10 staunch APC pro-Saraki senators led by Dino Melaye. 

The PDP with their 49 teaming up with them would definitely upset the ruling party’s candidate. All they need do is to support a candidate from the North Central APC and the deal is sealed.

However the APC may still have their way as i hear $50,000 is being dangled before each senator in exchange for support to work against Saraki and his men. For now it appears to be a stalemate. President Buhari on his part may delay appointment of ministers or sending their names to the Senate to confirm until this dust settles.

By Nonso Ndibe

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