By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—Strong indications emerged, yesterday, that Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was prepared to bow to the position of All Progressives Congress, APC, by sacrificing his principal officers.
This was part of the political solution being worked out by the Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and Senate President, Saraki.
A source said Dogara and the leadership of APC in the Senate held a marathon meeting at the new wing of the Senate complex yesterday evening, where it was agreed that the current holders of the Majority Leadership positions should give way to those anointed by the party.
The source noted that Saraki had been under pressure to intimate his supporters in the Senate, including Senate Leader, Ali Ndume; his Deputy, Bala Ibn Na’allah, and Deputy Majority Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena, on the need to toe the party’s line as regards the composition of Senate Majority Leadership.
According to a source, the Senate President had communicated Ndume and Na’Allah about the decision of the party on the need for them to vacate the offices.
It was also gathered that Senator Ahmad Lawan had been informed of the readiness of the Senate President to announce him as the new Senate Leader.
It will be recalled that the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, had on June 24 written the Senate President and Speaker Dogara, listing the names of proposed occupants of the leadership positions.
While Dogara kept faith with the party’s list, Saraki’s allies in the Senate named different persons, whose names were announced on the floor of the Senate in July.