On Thursday, July 4, a point of order was raised, that the Senate president, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, was the acting president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
NAIJ.com reported that the senator representing Abia South, Eyinanya Abaribe, had raised a motion that the country had no president or acting president at the moment, adding that, President Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo were neither in the country, as at the time.
Sahara Reporters has reported that a Saraki-led group and Aso Rock group led by Isa Funtua allegedly met in Saudi Arabia to discuss how to hijack presidency from the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo.
According to the unconfirmed report, the Senate president’s group had Ahmadu Adamu Mu'azu, a former Bauchi state governor and ex-chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party chairman who fled Nigeria on exile, as well as Bala Mohammed, a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory who is undergoing trial for money laundering.
Below is a list of things they reportedly discussed:
1. To force Acting President Osinbajo out of power, they said they might have to bring President Buhari to Nigeria regardless of his health condition.
2. They also allegedly discussed a way to force Osinbajo to accept current Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, as the Vice President.
In that event, the cabal would prevail on President Buhari to resign, provided Osinbajo agreed to drop all corruption cases against senators and withdraw the federal government’s appeal against a verdict of the Code of Conduct Tribunal that cleared Mr. Saraki of charges that he violated asset declaration laws.
3. In addition, Osinbajo would be forced to remove Ibrahim Magu from being the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
However, another source said Mr Saraki was reportedly opposed to the plan as he aspires to become the vice president himself.
4. Lastly, the cabal was to create enough political crisis in the country as to provoke a military takeover of power.
However, that option proved problematic when Western diplomats sternly signaled that they would not accept a military coup in Nigeria as such an intervention could lead to Nigeria's break up.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state has denied alleged presidential posters of Senator Bukola Saraki.
APC described the banners of Saraki, which were put on the internet, as “fake and photo- shopped.”
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The photo-shopped banners are purportedly calling on Saraki to contest the 2019 presidential election.
Watch this NAIJ.com video to learn what Nigerians think of this whole debacle: