Leaked report, shows that Acting
President, Yemi Osinbajo, held an emergency meeting with the Senate
President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday night.
The emergency meeting came on the heels
of former Heads of State, Olusegun Obasanjo, and Ibrahim Babangida’s
decision to resist any impeachment move against Osinbajo.
“These leaders have told the Acting
President to remain focused, and ignore elements trying to cause
political upheaval in the country”, a source said.
Reports revealed that the Senate
President’s meeting with the Acting President, was based on “some
developments that occurred in the Senate during the week, including the
suspension of consideration of further nominations by the Executive, in
protest against the retention of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, and the consequent
threats of impeachment by some Senators.
A source said: “The Senate President met
with the Acting President. He actually came alone and without the
paraphernalia of his office to underscore his commitment to
rapprochement between the Executive and the National Assembly.
“Saraki took the time to explain a few
things to the Acting President, but the talks bordered on the
clarification of a few misgivings, especially the rumor that he was
planning to become the Acting President, or instigating the Senate
against the Presidency.
“He also took time to explain why the
Senate wanted its resolutions respected, in line with the principle of
separation of powers.
“Above all, the session was actually frank.”
There were indications also that the
Presidency had uncovered four planks, on which the Senate is hinging its
threats of impeachment.
One of them is the running battle between the Presidency and the Senate, over the continued stay of Magu, in office.
A reliable Presidency source said:
“Intelligence report revealed that some Senators have identified four
issues to take the Presidency on.
“These issues are insistence on the
removal of Magu; the renewal of the row between the Chamber and the
Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hamid Ali
(rtd); the alleged denigrating comments of the Chairman of the
Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse
Sagay; and alleged constitutional breaches by the Acting President and
the Presidency in general.
“Although the President of the Senate,
Dr. Bukola Saraki, told the party leadership that the impeachment kite
caught him unawares, and he swiftly overruled the Senators behind it,
intelligence report indicated that “it was a kite flying agenda” by some
“The government does not wholly believe
the defense of the Senate leadership. It is closely monitoring events
and putting safety valves in place, including legal dimension.
“Part of the intelligence report, showed that some Senators had plotted the impeachment script before the Tuesday session.
“Those who tabled the motion were actually not aware that the Acting President had returned to the country.”