Senators of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have reportedly struck a deal with Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki to stop his impeachment.
Africa News 24 reports that Since the Saraki defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in July, he has been under pressure to resign.
Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman, had insisted that the Senate President would be removed “according to the law and democratic norms”.
However, when the Nigerian Senate reconvened from its over 10-week recess on Tuesday it was expected that there would be a rowdy session but they had a closed-door meeting where a peace accord was struck, TheCable reports.
While it is believed that the lawmakers of the upper legislative chamber agreed to put aside their differences and opt for peace rather than removing Saraki from office, insiders in the Senate, however, told TheCable on Friday that conditions were given to the Senate President by the APC senators.
The sources said Saraki was asked to ensure the confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominees and passage of pending bills sent by the executive.
“After the adjournment, he started moving round senators to seek their support but they gave him (Saraki) conditions to make sure all outstanding bills are passed as sent by President Muhammadu Buhari and to confirm pending nominees,” the source said.
“You will note that the INEC budget was passed as originally sent despite adjustment by the committee,” the source added.