See Real Reason APC Senators Dropped Push To Impeach Saraki
More information is emerging after the Tuesday, October 9, plenary of the Senate that laid to rest every expected drama on the impeachment of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
Nigerians were waiting for the worse to emerge from that plenary, but it was a shock after it appeared like the smoothest day of plenary the red chamber has every had.
Plenary had resumed after over two months and few minutes after the formalities were performed, the Executive members of the Senate entered into a secret meeting.
At the end of the meeting, the drama expected did not show up, as it had been nailed down on the meeting table with a hammer instead.
It came as a surprise that the All Progressive Congress (APC) Senators, who were seemingly angered over the defection of Dr. Saraki, maintained a low tone of impeachment threats when the National Assembly reconvened.
During the recess, there was a failed attempt to unseat the third citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, who had used every opportunity to talk about the impeachment of Dr. Saraki had mellowed down, thrusting every agitation on the agreement that was reached behind the closed-door.
Cards were dropped on the table, with the Senate President adopting the adage on the ‘play of dogs’ – “you fall for me, I fall for you”.
Information that emerged after the closed-door meeting upon resumption said the red chamber decided to toe the line of peace and put aside politics.
But Bounce News gathered on Friday that a deal was struck to stop the impeachment process.
"It was agreed that Saraki should ensure the passage of all outstanding bills and confirm all nominees forwarded to the Senate from the President.
"That can only help to maintain peace in the chamber between him and APC Senators," a source at the Senate said.
It was the only way he could retain the crown, as the governing party appear to still be in the majority.
Since their resumption on Tuesday, the red chamber has started confirming nominees such as the Chairman of AMCON, Muiz Banire despite open objections raised by Lagos Senators on the nominee as well as Folashodun Shonubi as a Deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Out of 12 executive bills sent to the upper legislative chamber in the last three years, only 6 have been passed but others might have a headway following the recent pact.
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They include, Communications Service Tax bill 2015, National Lottery Act (Amendment) bill, 2017 (Second reading), National Water Resources Bill, 2017, Federal Institute of Industrial Research bill, 2017, Raw materials Research and Development Council (Repeal and Re-enactment) bill, 2018.
One executive bill, Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition was withdrawn due to reported disagreement between the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
Those due for confirmation by the upper legislative chamber, Olanipekun Olukorede as Secretary of EFCC, board members for Central Bank of Nigeria, Managing Director and six representatives as members governing board for FERMA, sent on 19 July, 13 commissioners into Federal Civil Service Commission on 17 July.
Others are Festus Keyamo and 6 others who are supposed to becoming members of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, a list that was sent on 8 May, human right activist, Festus Okoye as National Commissioner for INEC and 25 others into National Population Commission, 2 non legal practitioners as members into Federal Judicial Commission and a host of other appointees.
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