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Sen Adamu accused of plot to sack Saraki, Ekweremadu speaks

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The Nigerian senator, Abdullahi Adamu, who is being accused of scheming to ensure the removal of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, has denied having any such plans and said that the former governor of Kwara State is “like a son” to him.

A senator from Ebonyi State, Obinna Ogba, had during plenary on Thursday alleged that Mr. Adamu in collaboration with some other senators, are plotting to remove Saraki as Senate President.

To support his claim, Ogba tendered before the lawmakers, what he termed ‘documentary evidence’ of the plot.

Adamu was not in attendance when the allegation was made at the plenary of the Senate.

He however spoke on phone to some journalists, denying the allegation, adding that he was not thinking of replacing Saraki as the Senate President.

He told journalists, “‎I’m not in town. I lost someone and I’m presently in Nasarawa State. However, a colleague called me and drew my attention to what happened on the floor of the senate today. It is amusing but very saddening at the same time.

“I am not in any way after Saraki. Saraki is like a son to me. I had every right to contest for the Senate President seat three years ago when the 8th Senate was inaugurated, but I never did because I wasn’t interested. It is therefore, not logical for anyone to say I’m interested in the seat now, and will be planning to destabilise the Senate. To achieve what? For what purpose? It is not right for anyone to make such unfounded insinuations.

“We are almost three years in office, election year is drawing nearer, and I think anyone thinking of upstaging the leadership of the Senate for any reason will only be fighting a lost battle because it is not what should naturally occupy the mind of any serious-minded lawmaker now.

“I am not in any way afraid of anyone who thinks I’ve offended him, I have the neck to carry my cross, but no one should cook up lies just to discredit me or any senator for that matter.

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“If I’m asked to appear before the committee on Ethics and Privileges, I will come out clean because whoever raises the allegations will have to come out and present incontrovertible facts to prove the allegations.

“Then, names of other so-called collaborators will be made known, they will be confronted, evidence of such meeting will be produced, those accused will be asked to defend themselves, and recommendations will be made by the committee based on facts presented to it.”

Adamu was one of the 10 All Progressives Congress (APC) senators that kicked against the passage of the amended Electoral Act, which altered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) election timetable.

 

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