NASS Coup: G-5 Govs, Atiku Conspired To Cut Tinubu’s Influence On APC

NASS Coup: G-5 Govs, Atiku Conspired To Cut Tinubu’s Influence On APC

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Details have emerged on how former Vice-
President Atiku Abubakar and the five governors
who in late 2013 defected to the All Progressives
Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) worked against the emergence of
Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate President.
It was gathered that Atiku and the five
governors were uncomfortable with the rising
touted political wizadry of APC national leader,
Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and decided to “cut
him to size.”
Two of the former governors – Rabi’u Musa
Kwakwanso and Aliyu Wammako (Kano and
Sokoto States) were recently elected into the
Senate. Kwara State Governor, Ahmed
Abdulfatah, is the political protégé of the new
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
They reportedly used their influence to stop
Lawan believed to be Tinubu’s candidate.
THISDAY gathered that Wammako had also used
his successor, the new governor of Sokoto State,
Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, the immediate past
Speaker of the House of Representatives, to
reach out to returning House members to
support Hon. Yakubu Dogara in emerging the
House of Representatives Speaker.
Few hours after the APC national leadership
rejected the emergence of Saraki and Dogara as
Senate President and Speaker respectively, Atiku
issued a statement congratulating the duo.
“Irrespective of the political mix through which
the presiding officers emerged,…the eighth
National Assembly should never lose focus of its
role as a partner in progress with the other arms
of government, especially the executive arm,” the
former vice-pesident, in apparent reaction to the
APC said threat to sanction the two principal
officers.

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