Aggrieved senators in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) who lost return tickets to the Upper Chamber in 2015 are gangging up against the Senate leadership.
They are angry with the Senator David Mark-led chamber for not doing enough to protect them in the run-up to the December 8 Senate primary.
Besides, shortly before the Senate adjourned plenary two weeks ago, some lawmakers were compiling impeachable offences against President Goodluck Jonathan.
The plot then, which was championed mainly by the opposition senators, was to table the President’s alleged impeachable offences as soon as the chamber resumes plenary this week.
A senator who was privy to the deal told Daily Sun yesterday evening that “the plan has changed. We never expected the party to treat us this way. We stood by the party when there was turbulence occasioned by the emergence of the new PDP.
“There was a plot then to impeach the same leadership but we stepped in and stopped it with our sheer number. In fact, we used our personal contacts to talk to the plotters and they backed down. We prevailed on them not to rock the boat moreso as the Seventh Senate had just a few months to go.
“We thought the party would take note of what we did and also, note our loyalty to the party and reward us. Rather, we were not even protected in these primaries. Can you imagine the party leaving us at the mercy of governors?”
The senators are considering either Minority Leader George Akume or Chairman of the Committee on the Environment and Ecology, Bukola Saraki, as replacement for Mark.
The lawmakers said they do not want “the Senate Presidency to leave the North Central.” Meanwhile, the senators have vowed to fully throw their weight behind the embattled Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to retain his seat.
“Last week’s pronouncement that PDP governors don’t have to lose their seats because they moved to a new party would be fully applied here…”
Although Senate resumes plenary tomorrow, the aggrieved lawmakers have not put a timeline to their plan to remove Mark. Also, the senators did not confirm whether the plot against Jonathan was still on the front burner or whether it would be tabled in the chamber this week, contrary to Senator Alkali Jajere’s interview with newsmen two weeks ago.
Mark’s Media Adviser, Kola Ologbondiyan, however, dismissed the alleged plot to remove his boss. “There’s no such plot,” he said.