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A grand plot to remove Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, is in the works and is being allegedly championed by a former governor and a serving senator. This is even as meetings are said to have been held to actualise the removal. President of the Nigerian 8th Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki. The plot was said to have been weaved around the former governor and other key players, especially on the roles they are expected to play.

It was gathered that the move may fail as senators already contacted are yet to fully commit to the plot. A source said the minister, who is believed to be leading the move, is a former governor of an oil-producing state in the South South. The source also said a serving governor from North-West and a close ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, is also believed to be involved in the plot, even as the source said the governor from the North-West served as a minister during former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s tenure, specifically between 2003 and 2007.

It would be recalled that Senator Isah Hamman Misau (APC, Bauchi Central) had at last week’s plenary, disclosed that a minister was leading a move to impeach Saraki. A source also disclosed that at the meeting, where the plot was being carried out, four serving senators from the North who are said to be against the Presidency of Saraki were in attendance. One of the senators is a former governor of a state in North Central.

It was also gathered that another senator who attended the meeting is a senator from Bauchi State, currently in a running battle with his state governor. Also at the meeting is a front line rival of Saraki and one of those likely to be appointed as minister. The fourth senator, who attended the meeting, is one of the longest serving lawmakers in the National Assembly. He is a principal officer in the Senate.

According to the source, the four lawmakers, including the minister from the South-South, a serving governor from the North-West, a top official in the Presidency named another former who was not at the meeting, to lead the impeachment move. Outside Saraki, four other senators are also being allegedly targeted for character assassination and destruction and they are Senators Dino Melaye, APC, Kogi West; Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, APC, Niger North; Isa Misau APC, Bauchi Central and Shehu Sani, APC, Kaduna Central.

Vanguard also gathered that senators who did not attend the meeting when contacted, were said to have advised the former governor of the need to have a united National Assembly ahead of the 2019 general elections, rather than come up with a destabilisation plot that will die on arrival.

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U.S. Imposes Visa Restrictions On Nigerians Undermining Democracy

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The U.S. Government has imposed visa restrictions on “individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process”.

A spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Morgan Ortagus, who announced this in a statement on Tuesday, said the action applied to those responsible for election-related violence.

Ortagus said the unidentified individuals had “operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights”.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 39 persons died in violence related to the last general elections in the country.

The action, according to the spokesperson, is in fulfillment of the U.S. government’s earlier promise to consider sanctions against anti-democratic forces, including organisers of election-related violence in the country.

“In a Jan. 24 statement, the U.S. government said that we would consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for individuals responsible for undermining the Nigerian democratic process or for organising election-related violence.

“To that end, the Secretary of State is imposing visa restrictions on Nigerians believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria.

“These individuals have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights,” she said.

The spokesperson emphasised that the restrictions targeted at specific individuals and not directed at the Nigerian people or the newly-elected government.

She explained that the decision reflected the Department’s commitment to working with the Nigerian government in its anti-corruption crusade and efforts to strengthen democracy, accountability and respect for human rights.

“The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy.

“We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the February and March 2019 elections and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes.

“As Nigeria marks the 20th anniversary of a return to democratic rule this year, we remain committed to working together to continue to advance democracy and respect for human rights and achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations.

“We condemn those whose acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption harmed Nigerians or undermined the democratic process,” the spokesperson added.

(NAN)

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BREAKING: Buhari Release 43-Man Ministerial List, Nominates Fashola, Amaechi, Aregbesola, Akpabio, Keyamo, Saraki, Others [ See List]

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President Muhammadu Buhari has finally forwarded the list of ministerial nominees to Senate for confirmation.

There are 43 nominees by the President.

On the list announced by Senate President Ahmed Lawan during plenary on Tuesday morning are former ministers Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonnaya Onu, Geoffrey Onyeama, Lai Mohammed and Chris Ngige.

Also on the list are former Osun Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, former Benue Governor George Akume, former Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva and former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Senator Gbemisola Saraki
Mohammed Musa Bello
Senator Godswill Akpabio
Chris Ngige
Sharon Ikpeazu
Adamu Adamu
Ambassador Maryam Katagun
Timipre Sylva
Senator George Akume
Mustapha Baba Shehuri
Festus Keyamo
Clement Ike
Richard Adeniyi Adebayo
Geoffrey Onyeama
Ali Pantami
Emeka Nwajubo
Suleiman Adamu
Zainab Ahamed
Muhammad Mahmood
Sabo Nano
Hadi Sirika
Abubakar Malami
Rahmatu Tijjani
Lai Mohammed
Olorunnibe Mamora
Babatunde Fashola SAN
Mohammed H. Abdullahi
Zubair Dada
Tayo Alasoadura
Rauf Aregbesola
Sunday Dare
Paullen Talen
Rotimi Amaechi
Sale Mamman
Abubakar D. Aliyu
Sadiya Umar Faruk
Ikechukwu Ogar

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BREAKING: Senate In Closed Session Over Buhari’s 42-Man Ministerial List

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The Senate on Tuesday went in an emergency closed session a few minutes after the plenary was declared open by the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, with an opening prayer.

The executive session may not be unconnected with the ministerial nominees’ list which the President has reportedly sent to the Senate.

An online news platform, The Cable, had earlier reported that President Buhari already sent a list of 42 ministerial nominees to the Nigerian Senate.

Buhari was said to have nominated one person per geo-political zone, bringing the total to 42, unlike his first term where he appointed only 36 ministers.

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