The resumption of plenary by Nigeria’s Senate was marked by more drama as facts emerged that the caucus of the All Progressives Congress,APC has sacked Senator Ali Ndume as Senate Leader.
It was also disclosed that the APC caucus named Senator Ahmed Lawan as the new Senate Leader.The latest development was part of the letter addressed to the Senate by the APC Caucus on Tuesday.
However, the sacked Senate Leader,Ndume said he was shocked by the latest development. Ndume who did not attend the plenary Tuesday told reporters after the plenary: “I don’t know whether I have been removed as the Senate Leader. This announcement came to me as a surprise.”
Though Ndume may express surprise, some observers were not quite shocked as the sacked leader had late last year publicly spoken contrary to the position taken by the Senate which rejected the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of EFCC.
Though the Senate Spokesman said Magu was rejected, Ndume said that was not the case and his view reportedly riled some senators.
Also, the emergence of Lawan as Senate Leader may be an attempt by Senate President Bukola Saraki supporters to finally resolve the crisis which trailed the emergence Saraki.Maybe the peace moves within the party has moved a notch higher.
The Party wanted Ahmed Lawan as Senate President but Saraki snatched the post.Same way the party wanted Femi Gbajabiamilia as Speaker but Yakubu Dogara outsmarted the party as well.
Though the House of Reps later agreed with the party’s latter-day position to make Femi Gbajabiamila to emerge as House Leader, the Senate stuck to Ndume instead of Lawan.
Ndume’s romance with the Banana peel may have led to his ouster in a politically charged Senate.
Ndume has also been on trial over his alleged link with Boko Haram, an allegation he has denied vehemently.Sources allege that the delay in his trial is attributable to Ndume’s closeness to one of the principal judges in the Federal High Court.