Saraki struck deal with APC Senators to avoid impeachment

OrderPaperToday- The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, reportedly struck a deal with senators of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to prevent his impeachment.

Upon resumption from their annual recess on Tuesday, all the Senators present went into a thirty-minute long closed-door session where they decided to put politics aside and focus on the legislature.

However, according to information revealed from a trusted source on Friday, a deal was struck to reach the peace agreement.

“It was agreed that Saraki should ensure the passage of all outstanding bills forwarded to the Senate from the President.

“That can only help to maintain peace in the chamber between him and APC Senators.”

It is worthy to note that since the National Assembly reconvened on Tuesday, the red chamber has started confirming President Buhari’s nominees including the Chairman of AMCON, Muiz Banire, despite open objections raised by Lagos Senators, as well as Folashodun Shonubi as a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

In the same vein, 6 out of 12 pending executive bills in the red chamber will be receiving consideration soon due to the agreement reached.

They include: Communications Service Tax bill 2015, National Lottery Act (Amendment) bill, 2017 (Second reading), National Water Resources Bill, 2017, Federal Institute of Industrial Research bill, 2017, Raw materials Research and Development Council (Repeal and Reenactment) bill, 2018.

One executive bill, the Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition was withdrawn due to reported disagreement between the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

Notable confirmations awaiting approval include, Olanipekun Olukorede as Secretary of the EFCC, board members for Central Bank of Nigeria, Managing Director and six representatives as members of the governing board for FERMA and 13 commissioners for the Federal Civil Service Commission among others.

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