A source in the know has revealed the political intrigues behind the Federal Government’s decision to drop forgery charges against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ikeremadu, The Whistler reports.
An affidavit was filed by FG before the High Court of federal capital territory to withdraw the charge against the two accused on Thursday, with an amended charge now including the names of Salisu Maikasuwa and Ben Efeturi.
Close Presidency sources said that the rift between one of All Progressives Congress national leaders, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, might have informed the rapprochement between President Buhari and the duo of Saraki and Ekweremadu.
A source who didn’t want his name in print was quoted as saying:
“This is all about power play. President Buhari has his eyes fixed on 2019. With the fallout with Tinubu, there is need for him to bridge gaps and dropping the forgery case is one smart move as Saraki, in particular, will be beholden to the president,”
Tinubu had fallen out with the national leadership of the APC, calling for the resignation of Chief John Oyegun over his alleged tweaking of the Ondo state governorship primary of the party which saw to Tinubu’s anointed, Segun Abraham losing out to Rotimi Akeredolu.
The war between Buhari and Tinubu has deepened following claims by the president’s biographer, John Paden, that Tinubu placed himself above Yemi Osinbajo for the vice presidential slot, a claim Tunji Bello, an aide of the former Lagos state governor has denied.
Saraki and his deputy were charged with allegedly forging Senate Rules in 2015 and their an earlier arraignment last week was botched due to the inability of the court to effect summons on them.
The two are accused of tampering with the standing rules to facilitate an election which brought them into power.
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