*Tambuwal, APC Govs Also Played Key Roles
Unknown to many, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the former governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Rashidi Ladoja were part of the intrigues that paved the way for Senator Bukola Saraki to emerge as the Senate President during election for the post last Tuesday, it was reliably gathered.
This revelation is coming as a process of reconciliation between the factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the crises generated by elections of National Assembly leadership has reached advanced stage with President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention.
Interestingly, former President Obasanjo was not in Nigeria when the struggle for enthroning Saraki as Senate President got to the head, yet he was able to pull the strings from his base outside through telephone to fix problem for Saraki.
State governors who also decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into the APC also raised a bloc of support for Saraki, while the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was said to be chief plotter of Saraki’s victory.
An insider in the power game in the Senate hinted that it was rather Ladoja who sought the intervention of Obasanjo on realizing that Senator Ahmed Lawan was going to win going by the support APC threw behind him, anchored on the wish of Senator Bola Tinubu.
Ladoja as explained put a call across to the former President for intervention, while the latter in turn got in touch with former Senate President, David Mark with suggestions that he should rally the PDP forces in support of Saraki.
The fear of enormous influence being wielded by Tinubu over the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has been the reason the major forces in both the APC and PDP fused to frustrate the plans to make Lawan clinch the post of Senate President.
According to reports, the last minute reconciliation between Saraki and David Mark few hours to the election of the Senate President, was indeed facilitated by Obasanjo.
With the nature of power balance in the Senate as at now, David Mark who is now an ordinary member of the Senate has become a rallying force with indications that he will be more relevant in the scheme of things in the Senate given his long years of experience as a Senator.
The former House of Representatives Speaker, now the governor of Sokoto state, had last week dropped the hint of his involvement in the emergence of Saraki as Senate President when he openly thanked those he worked with to determine who will lead the National Assembly.
Tambuwal made this known at the Sheraton Hotel Abuja venue of a Special Diner he organised in honour of Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, his immediate predecessor in office.
He said the victories by Saraki and Dogara as Senate President and House of Representatives Speaker may not have been possible without the roles played by some APC governors and like minds in the Senate and the House of Representatives.