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A crack has emerged in APC Senate Caucus over the selection of Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe) against Senator Godswill Akpabio (APC, Akwa Ibom) as replacement of Senate President Bukola Saraki, Daily Trust has gathered.
Sources at the Tuesday meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Assembly caucus with the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said two camps have emerged.

It was gathered that at the previous meeting, Lawan was endorsed as Saraki’s replacement and Sunny Ogbuoji (APC, Ebonyi) was selected as replacement for Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

The endorsements led to collation of signatures for the impeachment of Saraki and Ekweremadu. The move followed Saraki’s defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).The Tuesday meeting was held behind closed doors at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.

A lawmaker said the agenda of the meeting was to look into the crisis between the federal lawmakers and state governors, but that the focus was purely on how to effect leadership change at the Senate.

Three senators; two from the Northwest and one from Northeast (a female) supported the position of the rep. The two senators from the Northwest narrated their ordeals in the hands of their governors.One of them traced the genesis of his feud with his governor to when he supported Lawan in 2015 at the inauguration of the Senate.

The plights of Senator Babajide Omoworare, Soji Akanbi and Yahaya Abdullahi were also raised at the meeting.
“A senator lamented that the trio were punished by Saraki because of Lawan. He said when Lawan became the Senate Leader he did nothing to address the situation,” the source said

“They are in total support of the removal of Saraki and Ekweremadu but the argument is the issue of Lawan. People are now canvassing for Akpabio because he sacrificed his seat (minority leader) for APC.
“What we are saying now is that the two should be allowed to campaign and senators should be allowed to select their leaders. Lawan should not be forced on us,” he said.

Reminded that the party requires 2/3 to change Saraki, he said “We are not talking of number now. The problem is how to resolve who replaces them at the end of the day.” At the end of the meeting, Oshiomhole promised that all the issues raised would be looked into.

Credits: Daily Trust

 


5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Eseore Ararhire

    August 16, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    APC as a party will never learn if they want to come out clean on the leadership change which i doubt will be possible without the help of other party members Akpabio is a wrong choice because he is the same betrayal ……from PDP …so whats the difference between six and half a dozen? …Saraki came from PDP and even worked so hard to make APC a success during the 2015 general elections before he became Senate President yet you all are fuming and now you want to make Akpabio who just defected yesterday from the PDP as Senate President …it clearly shows that the APC as a party is on it’s way to self destruction. I pity the members because this is going to widen the gap among aggrieved members.

    • E E O

      August 16, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Continue deceiving yourself in your illogical contribution.

    • Realist

      August 16, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      That is the hatchet job Akpabio is to do at APC, to confuse, scatter and make things more difficult for them. This is how it will continue until 2019 and beyond.

  2. Rosebud

    August 16, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Same wine, new bottle. It’ll be the most foolhardy thing ever for Akpabio to be made Senate President. It’ll rip APC open at the bowels if it ever happens. Anyway, still wishful thinking as Saraki has not indicate his willingness to resign.

  3. Dj white

    August 17, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Confused bunch

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