The turnout of event among members of the All Progressive Party (APC) in the Nigeria’s senate is taking another shape as there seem to be issue on who replaces Senator Bukola Sariki.
From what played out at the Tuesday’s meeting at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels and Towers, between the Senate Caucus and the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, there are two camps struggling to grab the seat; the Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC Yobe) group against Senator Godswill Akpabio (APC, Akwa Ibom) group.
It was earlier gathered that Senator Lawan was previously endorsed as Saraki’s replacement and Sunny Ogbuoji (APC, Ebonyi) was selected as replacement for Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu. The said endorsements led to collation of signatures for the impeachment of Saraki and Ekweremadu. A move which was followed Saraki’s defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A lawmaker, name withheld, confirmed that the agenda of the meeting was to look into the crisis between the federal lawmakers and state governors, focusing purely on how to effect leadership change at the Senate.
Although, the senators reached a consensus on removing Sariki but divided on who succeeds him as some argued that he, Lawan as the Senate Leader did nothing to address some of their issues when they Sariki trampled on their rights.
Some at the meeting were canvassing for the former minority leaders, Senator Akpabio who they believed sacrificed his seat to join the All Progressive Congress.
“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.