Senators loyal to the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, have concluded strategies to reject President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee, Babatunde Fowler, as the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
The Like Minds Senators are of the opinion that Fowler is the candidate of a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, hence the need to reject him.
Tinubu has been at loggerheads with Saraki since his emergence as the Senate president on June 9, 2015.
Tinubu’s preferred candidate for the Senate presidency was Senator Ahmad Lawan.
It was gathered that since the emergence of Saraki as the Senate president, he has never had the opportunity to discuss policy issues with President Muhammadu Buhari owing to the opposition to his emergence by they party, the All Progressives Congress.
The opposition is believed to be spearheaded by Saraki.
Saraki ran into trouble with Buhari for flouting the APC’s stand on the emergence of principal officers in the Senate.
Some senators, who spoke on condition of anonymity, believe that Fowler’s rejection will be an avenue to do a sort of pay back for Tinubu for all his machinations against the Senate.
One of the senators, who is loyal to Saraki, said: “This is payback time for Asiwaju for all his machinations against the Senate since he could not get his candidate to become Senate president.
“This is an opportunity to force Tinubu to the table and mend bridges or break them further.”
Many of the senators close to Saraki are said to be getting ready to ensure they use the rejection of
Fowler’s nomination as a clear signal that the crisis in the Senate has not been due to the protection of any party supremacy but the political interest of Tinubu.
The pro-Saraki senators are also angling to move against Fowler because they believe Tinubu is scheming to take control of the country’s finances in the Buhari administration without the President realising the game plan.
One of them, a senator from Delta State, said: “There must be a trade-off as we get to the period of ministerial nominations and confirmation hearings.
“What we do not like is this idea of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds.
“Those who need us for their own interests, different from the interest of President Buhari, are now making it look like we need them.
“They have continued to create enmity between the Senate and the Presidency.
“Now, they are playing a different game.”
Shekarau dumps APC for NNPP
Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau, a former Kano State Governor, has officially dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
This was confirmed on Tuesday via a terse statement on the official Twitter account of the NNPP.
The statement, which reads: “Finally: Sen Ibrahim Shekarau Join Us”, was shared alongside a photo of Senator Shekarau and Senator Ibrahim Kwankwaso.
Recall that there had been some back and forth about Shekarau’s planned defection to the NNPP, with some power brokers in the APC said to be negotiating with the former governor not to leave the ‘broom party.’
However, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has been at the helm of the vanguard, working to ensure Shekarau’s defection from the APC to the NNPP.
On Sunday, Kwankwaso stormed the residence of Shekarau in Kano to work out details of the defection.
2023 Presidency: El-Rufai opens up on why Buhari loves Amaechi
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has disclosed why President Muhammadu Buhari loves Rotimi Amaechi, the outgone Minister of Transportation.
Rufai disclosed that Buhari loves Amaechi due to his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the era of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He disclosed this when Amaechi met with APC delegates from Kaduna ahead of the party’s national convention.
El-Rufai recalled wooing Amaechi and some other governors into the APC during the PDP administration.
“Let me tell you my history with Amaechi. When we started discussing with the G-7, the seven governors that wanted to defect to the APC, I was holding nocturnal meetings with Amaechi and Governor Nyako of Adamawa State until we got five of them to move to our party, and that was the game-changer.
“And for you to understand how difficult it is, imagine Amaechi of Rivers State from the same South-South with incumbent President Jonathan.
“He made the sacrifice to move to our party. It was a game-changer. This is part of the reason President Buhari loves Minister Amaechi till tomorrow,” El-Rufai said.
2023: Amosun denies stepping down for Tinubu
Former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has denied stepping down from the 2023 presidential election for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Amosun stated that he is not in the presidential race to align with Tinubu or any other aspirant of the APC.
Amosun also denied obtaining the APC senatorial form, saying he did not attend the screening exercise organised for APC senatorial aspirants, as being peddled by some individuals.
There were rumours over the weekend that Amosun had agreed to step down for Tinubu, having been screened and cleared for the Ogun Central senatorial race.
But, in a swift reaction, Amosun debunked the rumour spreading on social media, saying the “two news stories are false.”
According to a statement signed by his media aide, Bola Adeyemi, he said that the Ogun Central Senator “procured only the forms for the presidential ticket of the APC and did not attend the screening exercise for Senatorial aspirants because he is not one.”
While urging Nigerians to dismiss the “false news”, Adeyemi maintained that “Amosun is in the race for the presidential ticket of the APC and has no plans to align with any politician in the race.”
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