The Special Adviser to the President of the Senate on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu has attributed the invasion of the residence of Dr. Bukola Saraki as a plot to prevent defection of some members of the National Assembly from the All Progressives Congress( APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) today.
Olaniyonu said: “Entry to Saraki’s house blocked by police. Ekweremadu’s house surrounded by SSS. The plan is to prevent Senate from sitting and therefore abort plan for mass defection.
“By their calculation, as many days as they delay the defection, so they can scare many of the proposed defectors and whittle down their numbers.
“Also, they believe many of the would be defectors will back down in the face of this intimidation.“
Meanwnhile, Saraki may have gone into hiding following the invitation extended to him by the police to report and answer questions relating to the armed robbery in Offa in April.
His whereabout was not none as at the time of filing this report. Olaniyonu said he could not confirm the whereabout of his principal as he had no access to the house.
He said he was in the residence early in the morning and that when he saw “massive police deployment on the street,” he decided to leave.
There are indications that the reign of Senator Bukola Saraki as the president of the Nigerian Senate may come to an end today if plans by a group of senators come to fruition
Saraki is rumoured to have concluded his defection plans from the ruling All Progressives Congress sometime this week, a move that would leave the leadership of the Senate in the hands of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
“There is plan for rival Senate group to sit and elect new principal officers today,” a source told The Guardian.
Saraki’s nPDP caucus of the APC last month accused the APC of failing to honour its campaign promises, tagging the party as deceitful. The group has since cut ties with the APC.