Buhari’s ally threatens Saraki, Dogara
Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs and close ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Abu Ibrahim, yesterday, asked Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to resign from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in their own interest.
Ibrahim said failure to comply would lead to their immediate expulsion. The lawmaker who represents Katsina South also said he had it on good authority that the plot to impeach President Buhari would have commenced today (Thursday).
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Ibrahim, who appeared to have spoken the minds of other APC lawmakers, said developments in and around the National Assembly have shown that Saraki and Dogara could no longer be trusted in the fold of APC members.
Speaking specifically about the defection of 13 senators and 37 House of Representative members from the APC, Ibrahim, who doubles as chairman of Buhari Support Group, said the defections were not only expected but did not come to him as a shock.
He said he made the calculation and came to the conclusion that at least 13 senators will leave the APC.
He noted that the only defection he did not anticipate was the Sokoto State senator, Abdullahi Danbaba.
“I know that those who take Saraki like god will go. This is because wherever Saraki goes they will go.
But the mistake they have made is failure to realise that politics is local.
“Nobody will say Isa Misau and Suleiman Nazif (two Bauchi State senators) were voted because of Saraki. They were voted because of Buhari. They will lose their seats. Saraki will not save them. They can’t even go to their constituencies.”
He was categorical that the alleged plot to impeach President Buhari “would have started on Thursday” (today)
He said: “Everybody was planning. We know they were planning.
“They realised and learnt that we know. They knew that if they had remained up till today (Wednesday) a lot of things would have happened.
“We were planning. This is the National Assembly the only place political parties meet. We were planning. Saraki and Dogara should resign today or the APC should send them away. They are no longer APC members.
“The only reason Saraki and Dogara have not left the APC is that they know that if they leave they will lose their seats. But we will force them to leave.
“Left to me, I will recommend to APC to expel them.
“They are no longer needed in the party. We will be cured of cancer if they leave.
“I am asking Saraki and Dogara to leave APC today. I will meet Oshiomhole to expel them. Let them leave APC. Saraki and Dogara should leave APC today.”
Ibrahim insisted that the departure of Saraki and Dogara will not affect the electoral chances of the party.
“My position is that Saraki and Dogara should leave the APC. We can no longer trust or discuss APC issues with them again. We cannot afford to continue to habour moles in our mist. Let people be courageous enough and be honest to themselves. We will not miss them.”