Shehu Sani: Why APC Senators Opted Out of Saraki’s Removal Plot


By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

 Senator representing Kaduna Central in the upper chamber of the Ntional Assembly, Shehu Sani, has given reasons why he and his colleagues in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) backed out of the plot to remove the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

He said the reason was because “it is constitutional and an impossible feat to fulfill given the number of loyal members of the Senate.

 The outspoken Senator, who recently dumped the APC for Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), also said the ruling party has run out of number to carry out the removal plan.

 Speaking in an interview with journalists yesterday in Abuja, Sani, who is now seeking re-election on the platform of PRP, said the opposition party which Saraki belongs to now is more united than the ruling APC senators in the National Assembly.

 “It is technically impossible to remove Saraki because the APC does not have two thirds majority in the National Assembly. Secondly, Saraki has been able to carry everybody along and provide a leadership to the extent that he is able to accommodate those who are critical of him.

 “Thirdly, the opposition is more united and more formidable in their resolve to keep the Senate president than the ruling party in their plot to remove him,” the lawmaker said. Senator Sani stated that added to the constitutional and numerical constraints, members of the ruling party were not united in the cause of removing Saraki.

“So, I can tell you that removing the Senate president through constitutional means is very much impossible because the APC is not united to do that. The APC does not have the number to do that, and it does not have the kind of support it needed to be able to carry out the plot.

“I can tell that APC backed out from the plot to remove Saraki because they don’t have the number to do that and it is impossible to do that through constitutional means,” he stated.