There is anxiety in the All Progressives Congress caucus in the Senate over alleged moves by the outgoing President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, to influence the emergence of new leaders of the 9th Senate.

It was learnt that Saraki was working on how to remain relevant in national politics having lost his re-election bid for the Kwara Central Senatorial seat.

A source told Punch on condition of anonymity that Saraki had planned to contest the position of the President of the Senate again if he had not lost the last National Assembly election to the APC’s candidate, Dr Oloriegbe Ibrahim.

The source said, “Saraki is leading an influential group in the Senate, comprising principally the PDP senators and some members of the APC caucus who crave his influence to win the support of the PDP caucus.

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“He is still working on the 2015 template with which he emerged as Senate President with the candidate of the opposition PDP caucus, Ike Ekweremadu, as Deputy Senate President.”

Findings revealed that the PDP group met last week at the Maitama residence of Saraki where some PDP senators-elect were said to have resolved to influence the emergence of new Senate leaders.

The group, according to investigations, planned to work with and support any APC senator that was amenable to its proposal to accommodate the PDP caucus in the Senate leadership.

Specifically, the group, according to sources, was interested in retaining the position of the Deputy Senate President.