APC Senators Clash Over Saraki’s Successor

There is a fresh crisis brewing in the All Progressives Congress (APC) as senators disagreed over who should take over Bukola Saraki’s seat as Senate president. Naij.com reported that trouble reportedly started after Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe) was selected against Senator Godswill Akpabio (APC, Akwa Ibom) as replacement of Saraki whom the party is allegedly working towards impeaching. Lawan was allegedly endorsed as Saraki’s replacement and Sunny Ogbuoji (APC, Ebonyi) was selected as replacement for Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

The endorsements led to collation of signatures for the impeachment of Saraki and Ekweremadu. The move followed Saraki’s defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). However, a source of Daily Trust in the party claimed that some senators are not in support of Lawan and are demanding a right to vote for the person to succeed Saraki between Lawan and Akpabio.

The source said: “A senator lamented that the trio were punished by Saraki because of Lawan. He said when Lawan became the Senate Leader he did nothing to address the situation.

“They are in total support of the removal of Saraki and Ekweremadu but the argument is the issue of Lawan. People are now canvassing for Akpabio because he sacrificed his seat (minority leader) for APC.

“What we are saying now is that the two should be allowed to campaign and senators should be allowed to select their leaders. Lawan should not be forced on us.”

NAIJ.com earlier reported that Senator Philip Gyunka (PDP-Nasarawa North) disclosed that Peoples Democratic Party senators have begun taking turns sleeping at the National Assembly in order to prevent any nocturnal removal of Senate President Bukola Saraki by their colleagues in the All Progressives Congress (APC). Gyunka made the disclosure when he presented his letter of intent to contest for the Nasarawa gubernatorial election to the leadership of the PDP in the state on Wednesday, August 15.

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