Plots are starting to play out in Nigeria’s political scene as the 2019 general elections approach, but the drama of this Tuesday, July 24 morning has left Nigerians fearing for the nation’s democracy in President Muhammadu Buhari’s hands while also weary of the eventual outcome from today’s drama.
It all started when Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives’ Congress (APC) tweeted on Monday night that he had been reliably informed of a plot to have him impeached today, going further to express his fears for Nigeria’s democracy.
And true to his tweets, the Senate president was summoned by the Police Headquarters on Monday night to appear before them on Tuesday morning. Only for police men to block a convoy belonging to Saraki in front of his residence in Abuja as well as barricade the home of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
Ekweremadu, who remained at home as a result while plenary took place in the Senate, reportedly was dramatically served an invite this morning by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to appear before the anti-graft agency today even though he has policemen blocking exit from his residence.
Meanwhile, Saraki somehow evaded the barricaded convoy and reportedly drove himself in a rickety vehicle to the National Assembly complex, where he oversaw plenary and revealed the defection of 15 senators – including Senators Rabiu Kwankwaso, Barnabas Gemade, Abdul-Aziz Nyako, Dino Melaye, Shaaba Lafiagi, Lanre Tejuoso, and Monsurat Sunmono – from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Kwankwaso’s defection to the PDP happened barely 12 hours after the Kano senator met with the president as well as APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomole, at Aso Rock. It also comes just a couple of weeks after Melaye revealed he would be rejoining the PDP with his “when shall I see my home” rendition. So, the defections were coming; perhaps only surprise would be the number and calibre of senators involved.
The defections, similar to the ones made from PDP to APC ahead of the 2015 general elections, have had a telling effect seeing as PDP now holds a majority in the NASS upper chamber. Curiously, though, Saraki has remained with the APC even as all is clearly not at ease along the corridor of power.
With former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, eyeing the presidency, as are former Cross River governor, Donald Duke, former Information Minister, Jerry Gana, and the incumbent, Buhari, the 2019 elections look certain to have Saraki in the running as well, though he has yet to declare his intention to do so.
One thing that appears sure by his actions is his will to see that Buhari does not win a second term in office. But before then, questions remain unanswered: what happens to the police invitation to Saraki? What would be the resolution of the unfortunate Offa robbery which claimed lives and has been used by the police to remain on Saraki’s case?
Also, with the PDP now having the majority in the Senate, would an impeachment process be started against Buhari? And if that would be the case, what would be the fate of Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo? Also, what move would former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, make in light of today’s drama?
In the end, one thing that is clear as crystal is how all this has been a power tussle at the expense of the masses.