Senate president Bukola Saraki is reported to
have sought the assistance of emirs and
traditional rulers while trying to smoothen his
relationship with the presidency as it is not
content with the current composition of the
Senate president Bukola Saraki
According to The Punch, Saraki has visited his
hometwon Ilorin, Kwara state, at the weekend
and contacted Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the
emir of Ilorin and chairman to the state’s
council of traditional rulers. An aide to the emir
disclosed that Saraki requested some prominent
traditional rulers in the state to intercede with
President Muhammadu Buhari on his behalf.
This would not be the first time when the
Senate president asked for intervention.
According to the anonymous aide, on the eve of
Saraki’s emergence as the Senate leader, the
emir had sent a delegation to persuade the APC
national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to soften
on his stand against Saraki’s ambition to
occupy the seat.
The monarchs have previously tried to arrange
a meeting with President Buhari, but the latter’s
scheduled state visits to the US and Cameroon
have so far made any negotiations impossible.
When contacted by The Punch reporters,
however, the emir’s spokesperson could not
specifically confirm if Saraki reached out
to Sulu-Gambari’s mediation between him and
Buhari, but stressed that the emir has long
been playing unifying roles for the sustenance
of the nation’s democracy.
Currently, Saraki is worried about the resolution
of the leadership tussle in the House of
Representatives, where the Speaker, Alhaji
Yakubu Dogara, after meetings with Buhari and
other APC stakeholders, acceded to the party’s
decision and announced Femi Gbajabiamila as
the House leader.
Since the inauguration of the 8th Senate on
June 9, President Buhari has reportedly been
avoiding Bukola Saraki, whose emergence and
that of his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu of the
PDP, went against the plans of the ruling APC.