As Senate President Bukola Saraki appeared before the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false assets declaration, the All Progressives Congress, APC, was said to be considering former senate leader, George Akume and wife of the national leader of the APC, Senator Remi Tinubu and two other ranking senators from the South West zone as Saraki’s replacement.
Apart from Senator Akume who is from the North Central zone
and Remi Tinubu, no other names were mentioned but sources said other two ranking senators also from the South West are being considered on APC shop list.
Feelers from Abuja reaching Kaduna, the second home of President Muhammadu Buhari revealed that, barring any last minute change of plan, Saraki may be asked to resign
…f he refused, may be impeached on moral ground to concentrate on his trial.
According to National Mirror, Senator Ahmed Lawan who was anointed by APC as its sole candidate but lost to Saraki would emerge senate leader from the North East, since the Speaker is also from the zone.
One of the credible sources explained that, though Saraki and Dogara jettisoned APC’s ,earlier zoning of National Assembly principal officers which favoured the north which has both the Senate President and Speaker but that under the new deal, South West zone may produce deputy senate president.
Meanwhile, one of the anti -Saraki’s groups, Northern Ethnic Nationalities Unity Congress, NENUC, had called on the senate president to resign or face impeachment over CCT 13 count charges against him.