The Senate on Thursday asked its ethics committee to probe an alleged plot to unseat Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
At Thursday’s plenary, a Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker, Senator Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi-Central), who raised the alarm through a point of order, alleged that the senators were also mobilising civil society organisations and trade groups to protest against Saraki’s leadership.
Ogba further accused Senator Abdullahi Adamu of allegedly planning to destabilize the Senate.
He said, “I rise this morning to bring to the notice of the Senate that there is a plan by some people in this Senate, maybe under the leadership of my distinguished colleague, particularly Senator Abdullahi Adamu. You will remember that in January, Senator (Isa) Misau made the comment here that there was a plan to remove the Senate President, and in fact the leadership.
“Now, I have reliable information that some people are already planning to destabilise this Senate, including the Senate’s leadership by organising demonstrations, of which money is already exchanging hands.
“I believe that all of us are leaders in this country and anybody who seeks anything that can destabilise this country, the Senate should avoid it.”
Ogba laid his evidence, backing his allegations at the Senate Chamber.
Thereafter, the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who presided at plenary directed the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the allegations.
This comes days after the Northern Senators Forum removed Senator Adamu, as the Chairman of the Forum, for allegedly mismanaging N70m belonging to it.
Reacting to the allegation, Adamu said he was not in Abuja but a colleague had drawn his attention to what happened on the floor of the Senate today.
He said, “It is amusing but very saddening at the same time. I am not in any way after Saraki. Saraki is like a son to me. I had every right to contest the Senate President seat three years ago when the 8th Senate was inaugurated but I never did because I wasn’t interested. It is therefore not logical for anyone to say I’m interested in the seat now, and will be planning to destabilise the Senate. To achieve what? For what purpose? It is not right for anyone to make such unfounded insinuations.
“We are almost three years in office, the election year is drawing nearer and I think anyone thinking of upstaging the leadership of the Senate for any reason will only be fighting a losing battle because it is not what should naturally occupy the mind of any serious-minded lawmaker now.
“I am not in any way afraid of anyone who thinks I’ve offended him. I have the neck to carry my cross, but no one should cook up lies just to discredit me or any senator for that matter.”