The trial of Senate president, Bukola Saraki, will soon be over if reports by Thisday newspapers is anything to go by.
According to the report, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), gave Saraki a soft landing by instructing him to prevail on some of the principal officers of the senate to step down for the party’s nominees.
The report stated that the party gave the senate president this option and assured him that his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) will be withdrawn if he toes the party line.
The deal which reportedly involves the speaker of the house of representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogora, is geared towards ensuring that Saraki’s major opponent during his election, Senator Ahmad Lawan emerges as the new Senate leader and Senator George Akume as his deputy.
A senator who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said the proposal had been made to Saraki as a condition for a political solution to his ordeal.
According to the senator, while the deputy majority leader, Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi state), had agreed to step down provided he is made the chairman of a Grade A committee of his choice, majority leader, Ali Ndume (Borno), has rejected the proposal.
The report stated that Dogara and Saraki held a closed door marathon meeting over the proposal at the new wing of the Senate yesterday evening.
The Senate president has been pressured to communicate to the principal officers including Ndume, Na’Allah, and the deputy majority whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena (Edo), on the need fulfill the party’s wish. t
Saraki was said to have made the party’s position known to the trio, while Lawan has been informed of the Senate president’s readiness to announce him as the new Senate leader.
Earlier today, Saraki appeared at the premises of the CCT with over 80 senators accompanying him to the venue in solidarity.
Recall that the Abuja Appeal court indefinitely postponed ruling on the case between Saraki and the CCT yesterday, October, 20. The court gave no reason for adjournment.