Some disgruntled senators keen on impeaching Senate President Godswill Akpabio are also scheming to ‘destabilize’ President Bola Tinubu’s government, this newspaper can report authoritatively.
Reliable sources familiar with the grand scheme identified four Senators from the North, including two former Governors from the Northwest region, who are heavily committed to the plan.
In the past weeks, several meetings have been held by these Senators who are bent on ousting Akpabio, which is the ‘first phase’ of their plan.
Two of those meetings were held outside the country, this newspaper gathered.
According to sources in the National Assembly, Akpabio’s closeness to the President threatens the independence of the legislature and some lawmakers have frowned at that.
Some other Senators are still aggrieved about the emergence of the leadership of the National Assembly and the zoning arrangement adopted by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“These people have not been pacified and are willing to do anything to make sure Akpabio is removed,” said a top official who does not want his name disclosed.
This newspaper also learnt that the aggrieved lawmakers have been meeting with other colleagues to win them over to their side in a bid to get enough votes for impeachment.
“Some lawmakers and Governors from the South are also in on the plan. Two lawmakers from Southwest have joined the group,” another source commented.
As of the last count, they have secured the support of ten Senators, while still expecting a positive feedback from many others.
Plan to destabilise
As part of the plan, some Senators from the North have also hired Marabouts in Saudi Arabia to ‘pray’ and ‘lobby’ tocreate a crisis in the Senate, change its leadership and subvert the Tinubu Government.
Further Investigations showed that they are also making plans to make the Tinubu Government unpopular in the Northern region by employing services of armed bandits.
“This plot is being spearheaded by the senator from Bauchi who is the head of a major security committee in the senate and is also a close associate of Shiekh Ahmad Gumi,” a source privy to the plan confirmed.
He added that the lawmaker has also utilised this sensitive position to form alliances with violent non-state actors to create insurrections in the north with the goal of destabilising Tinubu’s government.
“You noticed that reports of bandit killings and kidnappings have reduced. They are planning to resume their activities in full force,” the source disclosed.
All of these are attempts to force the President to negotiate with them and let them produce a new Senate President should they fail to get the majority votes needed to impeach Akpabio.
Floating new party
The aggrieved lawmakers, after removing Akpabio, have also planned to float a new party that will rival the ruling APC.
According to sources, they have also concluded the registration of the party using some of their cronies who are outside of the APC.
The new party, sources said, would exploit the weakness of the Tinubu-led administration to cede power back to the North in 2027.
Some of the Northern elites and businessmen have also committed resources to ensure that this happens in the 2027 general election, our reporter gathered.