NASS resumption: Crisis looms as Buhari, Saraki loyalists threaten showdown

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A major crisis is looming in the Senate between loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki as the legislators get set to reconvene temporarily this week, Daily Trust on Sunday can report.

Barring any change of decision, senators from the two camps are set to clash over the leadership of the Senate, following Saraki’s defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) about a fortnight ago.

While lawmakers loyal to Buhari under the Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) insist that Saraki must vacate his seat else they remove him, the Senate President’s loyalists say he is going nowhere.

The two chambers are expected to reconvene on Tuesday from annual recess, to consider and approve budget for the 2018 general elections.

There are indications that APC lawmakers would use the opportunity to oust Saraki, a move that the Senate President’s loyalists are battle-ready to resist.

A former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has said that Saraki should be held responsible if crisis erupts when the Senate reconvenes on Tuesday.

Adamu, who chairs the Senate committee on Agriculture, insisted that Saraki can no longer preside over the Senate following his defection to PDP.

“Well, I believe if he is a man of honour, he should go. On the other hand, if he is hell-bent on creating a crisis, he should be held responsible for whatever his action precipitates,” he said.

Asked what will the APC do should Saraki presides over on Tuesday, Adamu said: “You people want ABCD for everything. What I’m saying is, if he is a man of honour, he should go. Our party’s position is clear on this and I stand by it. If he has honour at all, he should go.

“He is in the Senate because he was elected by Nigerians like all of us, but he cannot leave the party and still hold onto the position he got while he was a member of our party. Remember, he got the position in a very dishonorable way and he cannot continue to hold onto it while he is no more in the party.”

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