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Political moves to save Saraki runs into a hitch

22 October 2015, 10:25

Abuja - The planned political solution aimed at resolving the leadership crisis in the Senate appeared to have run into a hitch, following refusal of the incumbent Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume, to resign, reports Punch

The planned political solution, which was brokered by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and has  been accepted by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) was aimed at implementing the leadership structure preferred by the APC in the Senate. 

Also read: Saraki set to succumb to APC’s position on principal officers

Saraki had been under pressure to communicate his allies in the Senate, including Ndume; his deputy, Bala Ibn Na’allah and the deputy majority whip, Francis Alimikhena, on the need to toe the party’s line as regards the composition of the Senate majority leadership.

Reversing the positions was said to have been the minimum condition for Saraki to retain his position as the Senate President.

Saraki had indeed tried to reverse the appointments of the Senate principal officers but he has met resistance from the principal officers, especially Ndume, who was said to have told Saraki to his face that he could not surrender the mandate given to him by other senators from his zone.

He insisted that having been elected by his colleagues from the North-East, he can only quit the position at their instance, adding that the Presidency should not put the blame of his emergence on Saraki.

Read more at Punch

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