The newspaper review for Monday, August 6, focuses on claims by the opposition that the APC-led government is plotting to impeach Senate president, Bukola Saraki.
The R-APC has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is plotting to induce senators with a bribe of N50m each for the purpose of impeaching Senate president, Bukola Saraki.
Vanguard reports that the faction in a statement on Sunday, August 5, claimed that the government has decided to forcefully reconvene of the National Assembly and overthrow the Senate leadership in a coup d’etat manner.
The national publicity secretary of the R-APC, Prince Kassim Afegbua, also alleged that the APC government plans to reach out to some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators especially those who have Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) queries in order to give them a clean bill of health once they defect to the APC.
The R-APC alleged that if the government succeeds in removing Saraki, he would be replaced by the chairman, Senate committee on agriculture and rural development, Senator Abdullahi Adamu representing APC Nasarawa west.
The Guardian newspaper reports that the faction claimed the chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, justice minister, Abubakar Malami and secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha were the masterminds of the plot to sack the Saraki.
It said: “Having met a brickwall, going by the legal processes involved before the Senate can be re-opened, the disputed APC leadership is toiling with the barbaric idea of forcefully opening the National Assembly, reconvening the Senate and using the senators of the APC to preside over the planned impeachment.
“Once the leadership is overthrown in a coup d’état manner, the Senate will immediately consider the virement budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and also approve the pending nominations in the Senate.
“The reason most of them are defecting is because the President Buhari-led administration is not sharing money, which is the PDP philosophy."
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The opposition, the PDP also raised the alarm over another alleged plot by the APC and its agents to flood the National Assembly with armed plain-clothed security operatives, to compromise the security architecture and enable the forceful takeover of the leadership by minority APC senators.
The party warned that any attempt to tempt the will of the people in this direction is a clear recipe for very serious crisis.
Meanwhile, rumours that Senate minority leader Godswill Akpabio could defect to the APC were heightened on Sunday, August 5, after the senator met with President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a 10-day vacation in London, the United Kingdom.
The Nation reports that Akpabio posted the photo of the meeting on his twitter handle with a line on why he met with the President. The lawmaker, however, avoided any indication of his likely defection.
To other news, the Kaduna state chapter of the APC has insisted that it is not backing down on the indefinite suspension it imposed on the senator representing Kaduna central, Shehu Sani.
The Punch reports that state APC defied the directive of the party’s national working committee that Sani’s suspension should be called off.
The Kaduna APC, in a statement by its assistant publicity secretary, Salisu Wusono, argued that the constitution of the party does not did not confer any power on the national leadership of the party to quash decisions made at the state, local government and ward levels.
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