In a bid to settle the ongoing crisis of confidence between Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki and the Presidency, some Senate members of Like Minds with the number three citizen have reached out to some emirs. This is according to reports from The Nation.
They were said to be urging the emirs to prevail on the Federal Government to drop charges against Saraki, who is facing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for alleged false declaration of assets.
Saraki had audience with some traditional rulers from the North on Saturday and the Senate President’s supporters have been attributing the arraignment to political vendetta.
A highly-placed source said: “Some loyalists of Saraki are really pushing for political option. This is why they have been reaching out to prominent emirs and chiefs in the North.
“I think Saraki is buying into the arrangement by meeting with some emirs where he explained his own side and how things could be straightened.
“For instance on Saturday, Saraki had audience with some emirs and chiefs from the North in connection with his travails and how to resolve the matter amicably.”
A member of The Like Minds group said: “No one is happy the way things are – at a standstill. The Presidency and the Senate leadership are working at cross-purpose.
“If we continue like this, the hostility between the Presidency and the Senate will deepen and it will affect many things.
A source in the Presidency said: “As far as I know, President Muhammadu Buhari will not accept under-the-table deal on allegations having to do with corruption.
“The Presidency has explained that it has nothing to do with Saraki’s trial. There is no basis for any lobbying.”
As at last night, Saraki’s supporters were still divided on whether or not to confront the Presidency over his arraignment before the tribunal.
Some Senators are seeking outright condemnation of the trial; others are pushing for a subtle management of the situation.
“We are weighing options ahead of our resumption on tomorrow on how to manage the situation,” a pro-Saraki Senator said.
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