10th Senate Presidency: Buhari Rejects Yari, Kalu, Izunazo Others •••says Respect Party’s Decision On Zoning of NASS Presiding Offices

The aspiration of Senator Abdul’aziz Yari to emerge the President of the 10th Senate suffered a major setback on Sunday, with former President Muhammadu Buhari outrightly rejecting his bid for the plum job.

Sources at the ill-fated visit by Yari to Buhari to seek the endorsement of the immediate past President of Nigeria informed our correspondent that Buhari was so angry about the decision of Yari to go ahead with his aspiration forgetting the fragile nature of the country since the emergence of the President and Vice President with Muslim background.

“They came to Daura believing that they could use their money to buy the conscience of the former First family just as they believe that money would get them the position.

“They were all told to go back and respect the position of the President and the party leadership on their choices for the leadership of the National Assembly.”

He was said to have reminded Yari that he did not meddle in the affairs of the National Assembly throughout his eight years in office and that it is not now that he is out of office that he will attempt to undermine the independence of the legislature to choose its leaders.

It was also gathered that efforts to drag the former First Lady Aisha Buhari into their anti-party position did not yield any positive result as she was said to have rebuffed the attempt.

She was said to have cited the unity of the country as being paramount to the family of the former president than any personal ambition.

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Only five Senators-elect were said to have accompanied Yari to the Daura home of the former President.

Checks revealed that as at the time of writing this report, the camp of Senators Godswill Akpabio and Barau Jibrin has swelled with 5 new converts thus taking the number of Senators-Elect who have so far endorsed the ticket to 75.

According to Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, “despite the number, we are still forging ahead with our consultations and appeals to those who are yet to join the Stability Group.”


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