Senate Accuses Senator of Plotting to Oust Saraki as President, to Probe Allegation

The Senate has accused Senator Abdullahi Adamu, representing Nasarawa West of plotting to remove the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
This is as the Upper Chamber said it was going to probe the allegation.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba, drew the attention of his colleagues to the existence of underground plot to sack the Senate leadership, as he claimed to have intercepted electronic version of the plan.
Ogba, who represents Ebonyi Central, came under Order 43 (personal explanation) to table the allegation at Thursday’s plenary.
Ogba, who claimed to have verifiable evidence to substantiate his allegation, urged the Senate not to sweep the issue under the carpet for the sake of stability in the Senate and the country.
Although he named Adamu as the ring leader of those behind the plot, Ogba did not name others in the alleged group.
The aim of the plotters, he said, was to destabilise the Senate to enable them effect leadership change.
Senator Isah Hamman Misau (Bauchi Central) was the first to alert the Senate that some people were working to remove the Senate leadership. A former Rivers State governor was named as part of the plot.
After Ogba addressed his colleagues, the Senate resolved that he should lay the hard copy of his evidence.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, warned against any plot that would undermine the institution of the National Assembly.
Ekweremadu said: “The difference between military, autocratic or any oppressive regime and democracy is the parliament.
“Once you remove the parliament, you are going to have problems. In whatever you do, we must continue to preserve the sanctity of the parliament.
“I want to appeal that anybody who is interested in destabilising this country is not doing anybody any good. We have received this information.
“For whatever it is worth, we will refer it to our appropriate committee on Public Petitions to look at it and report back within two weeks.”
But Adamu denied the allegation, saying the Senate President is “like a son” to him and at no time did he make a move to oust him from power.
Reacting to the allegation Thursday evening, Adamu said at no time was he interested in becoming the Senate President.
“I’m not in town. I lost someone and I’m presently in Nasarawa State. However, a colleague called me and drew my attention to what happened on the floor of the senate today (Thursday). It is amusing but very saddening at the same time.
“I am not in anyway after Saraki. Saraki is like a son to me. I have every right to contest for the Senate President seat three years ago when the 8th Senate was inaugurated, but I never did because I wasn’t interested. It is therefore, not logical for anyone to say I’m interested in the seat now, and will be planning to destabilise the Senate. To achieve what? For what purpose? It is not right for anyone to make such unfounded insinuations.
“We are almost three years in office, election year is drawing nearer, and I think any one thinking of upstaging the leadership of the Senate for any reason will only be fighting a lost battle because it is not what should naturally occupy the mind of any serious-minded lawmaker now.”
He vowed to appear before the ethics committee drafted to investigate the matter.
“I am not in anyway afraid of anyone who thinks I’ve offended him, I have the neck to carry my cross, but no one should cook up lies just to discredit me or any senator for that matter.
“If I’m asked to appear before the committee on Ethics and Privileges, I will come out clean because whoever raises the allegations will have to come out and present incontrovertible facts to prove the allegations.
“Then, names of other so-called collaborators will be made known, they will be confronted, evidence of such meeting will be produced, those accused will be asked to defend themselves, and recommendations will be made by the committee based on facts presented to it.”
Adamu was one of the 10 senators who publicly criticised the Senate’s passage of the Electoral Act. He said the amendment to section 25 of the act, which re-ordered the sequence of election, was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.
One week after the confrontation, Adamu was removed as Chairman Northern Senators Forum amid allegations of mismanaging N70 million belonging to the group.
Adamu in his reaction on Thursday vowed to continue to fight for what he believes in.
“As for me, let me repeat that I’m not in anyway after Saraki, I can’t be after Saraki, and I won’t do anything to upstage the leadership as being claimed because it’s a fruitless venture.
“But if I believe strongly in cause, I stand by it. If I’ve offended anyone by my strong stand on some issues in the Senate in accordance with my conviction, I stand by it anytime. But the issue of trying to cause disaffection in the senate is a no issues at all.
“Whatever we do in this world, we must be ready to bear our cross, I’m ready to bear mine. Anyone who know me will say clearly that I’m not plotting to remove Saraki. Let them look for another thing to say..
“I am not in anyway afraid of anyone who thinks I’ve offended him, I have the neck to carry my cross, but no one should cook up lies just to discredit me or any senator for that matter.
“If I’m asked to appear before the committee on Ethics and Privileges, I will come out clean because whoever raises the allegations will have to come out and present incontrovertible facts to prove the allegations. Then, names of other so called collaborators will be made known, they will be confronted, evidence of such meeting will be produced, those accused will be asked to defend themselves, and recommendations will be made by the committee based on facts presented to it.”
Adamu was one of the ten senators who publicly criticised the Senate’s passage of the electoral act. He said the amendment to section 25 of the act, which re-ordered the sequence of election, was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

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