Saraki, Dogara Coups: APC Leaders Meet Over Crisis

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Bukola Saraki

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, will meet today in Abuja to resolve the crisis created by the emergence of Bukola Saraki as Nigeria’s Senate President and Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Their emergence has been widely described as a coup as they were not the choices of APC leaders, and the emergence of Saraki especially was aided by  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, senators.

Saraki was elected Senate President on 9 June largely by PDP senators after he rejected the APC’s choice, Ahmed Lawan, and struck a deal with the  PDP.

The pact produced Ike Ekweremadu, a PDP senator, as the Deputy Senate President.

Bukola Saraki
Bukola Saraki

Dogara also in an unholy alliance with the PDP, defeated ex-minority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, the APC choice for the job.

The development has since created division and rancour within the lawmakers and the leadership of the party, to the extent that some party leaders said they would not recognise Saraki as Senate President immediately Saraki was declared winner. But those leaders have since made a U-turn and buried the hatchet, which has paved way for today’s meeting in Abuja.

Speaking with P.M.NEWS on the likely outcome of today’s meeting to resolve the issue, some chieftains of the party who spoke with our correspondent expressed confidence that the issue will be resolved amicably.

James Abiodun, an elected member of the eighth assembly in the house of Representatives,, said that the party will do all within its power to reconcile all warring factions.

“I can’t predict what the outcome of the meeting will be but I think that the party will be looking out for reconciliation and carrying everybody along to ensure that we don’t allow external forces to disintegrate us,” he said.

The Lagos West Vice Chairman of the party, Chief Funsho Ologunde said that the outcome of the meeting will propel the party forward.

“The outcome of the meeting is likely to be a decision that will propel the party forward and get rid of all seeds of discord,” he assured.

The meeting, described in some quarters as crucial, had not started at the time of going to press.

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