The newspaper review for Monday, August 13, focuses on the allegations from members of the opposition that there are plots by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to remove Senate president Bukola Saraki from office.
The Buhari Campaign Organisation on Sunday, August 12, threatened to occupy the National Assembly complex if Senate president Bukola Saraki does not resign from office.
Vanguard reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has backed the threat by the group but said it would not join in mobilising for the showdown.
But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Buhari to deter his supporters from carrying out their threat. The opposition party warned that the name of the president will be dented if he allows his campaign organisation carry out what it called a civilian coup.
In a related report, the PDP has alleged that the APC and a group in the presidency are plotting to use security agencies and the EFCC to arrest and detain Senator Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
The Punch reports that the opposition also claimed that the presidency had a sinister move for asking the Senate to reconvene under the excuse that it wanted approval of the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2019 elections.
Spokesman for the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Sunday, August 12, alleged that the fresh plot to detain the two presiding officers of the Senate was part of a renewed design to keep them out of circulation ahead of the Senate’s resumption.
“The PDP notes that the new plot to cage Saraki and Ekweremadu in a devilish rehash of the Tuesday July 24, 2018 hostage-taking and invasion of their official residences by security agencies is coming after the August 7, 2018 failed attempt to use security forces to take control of the leadership of the Senate," Ologbondiyan said.
“Apart from the plot to arrest and detain Saraki and Ekweremadu, the PDP has also been made aware of plans to use the EFCC and security forces to clamp down on their family members, including their wives and siblings as well as close associates, all in the effort to weaken their resolve.
“Moreover, investigations by the PDP further confirm that the insistence of the APC-led Federal Government on the emergency reconvening of the National Assembly, ostensibly to consider INEC’s budget for the 2019 elections, is part of APC’s thicker plot to execute their premeditated ‘coup’ against the leadership of the Senate.”
Meanwhile, National Assembly may reconvene on Wednesday, August 15, to attend to issues of urgent national interest including the N242 billion 2019 general elections budget proposal of the executive.
Some sources told This Day that the leadership of the National Assembly under Senator Bukola Saraki met at the weekend and agreed that the Assembly should reconvene on Wednesday.
In a related report, The Nation states that there is a cloud of uncertainty over the actual date when the National Assembly will reconvene.
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The newspaper reports that senators and House of Representatives members are yet to confirm when two chambers will reconvene to consider the 2019 elections budget.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II has called on politicians to desist from hiding behind the mask of religion to exploit Nigerians.
The Guardian reports that the monarch accused politicians of turning religion into a vehicle for campaign, thereby exploiting the religious character and ignorance of the people.
Sanusi was said to have made the statement when delivering a speech marking international youth day and a graduation ceremony at Katsina vocational training centre on Sunday, August 12.
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