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Why Senators Don’t Want Bukola Saraki As Senate President + His Arrogance, Other Odds Against Him

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The race for who becomes the next Senate President of the 8th National Assembly has reached its feverish height. As things stand now, the battle is between Senator Bukola Saraki (Kwara State) and Senator Ahmed Lawan (Yobe State). Both political gladiators are of the All Progressive Congress (APC) which controls the majority in the upper chamber.

According to findings in the National Assembly, can reveal that Senator Saraki has very slim chance of becoming the Senate President owing to the perceived aura of arrogance which he carries around him. gathered that Saraki sees himself as an aristocrat and thoroughbred politician and relates with his colleagues with contempt.

“May be that was how he was trained and brought up. But majority of the senators who have interacted with him complain of his arrogance. You can’t do that here if you want a position of leadership. Though he is trying to change the perce

PDP senators. If Saraki campaigned vigorously against PDP which led to its defeat in the presidential elections, he cannot come to the same PDP for help to become the Senate President”. A senator elect told in confidence.

Interestingly, it should be noted that PDP has 49 senators in the upper house while APC has 59 senators. Therefore, a block vote by the PDP will determine who becomes the next Senate President if the two APC senators (Saraki and Lawan) decide to test their strength.

Despite this slim chance, learnt that Saraki has literarrily moved the American Reserved Bank to the National Assembly Complex where he is raining dollars on many of the senators in order to switch them to his side. We learnt senator-elect, Dino Melaye is Saraki’s negotiator and anchorman among the senators, and he is doing a good job selling Saraki to many of the lawmakers.

Senator Ahmed Lawan
Senator Ahmed Lawan

Even with the dollar rain, the APC power brokers, we learnt are not comfortable with Bukola Saraki as a Senate President.
“Asiwaju Tinubu is not with Saraki, APC National Chairman, John Oyegun is not with him, and so are many of the national leaders of the party. But anything can still happen in politics. We will wait till Tuesday, June 9, 2015 to see what happens’’. Our source stated

On the other hand, Saraki’s main oponnent, Senator Ahmed Lawan is said to be in the good books of all the national power brokers of APC.

We were also told that Lawan is the most experienced lawmaker in the National Assembly having been in the House of Representatives for two terms from 1999 and subsequently got elected to the senate senate for another two terms. Lawan is now a senator-elect for a record third term in the senate.

From all feelers on the corridors of power, there are strong indications that the National Working Committee of the APC will throw its support behind Senator Ahmed Lawan as the Senate President of the 8th National Assembly, all things being equal.

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