Senators opposed to the leadership of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, have been accused of working with President Muhammadu Buhari to reject Senator Shehu Sani-led Ad-hoc Committee’s Report that indicted and recommended the sack and prosecution of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal.
Buhari had in a letter he wrote to the Senate on Tuesday on the committee’s report that Lawal diverted funds meant to provide welfare and infrastructural facilities for Internally Displaced Persons in the North East, said that the report was replete with several lapses.
The President said that he would not sack Lawal on the basis of the report because he was not given fair hearing.
In another letter, the President asked the Senate to ignore the report of the DSS that indicted the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, and confirm him for the position of substantive Head of the anti-graft agency.
A Senator from Zamfara State, who is an associate of Buhari, opposed the recent peace accord reached between the Senators of Unity Forum (SUF) with Saraki in which the Senate President conceded some juicy committees, exposed the flaws in the Senator Sani report to the Presidency.
A source close to the Presidency, said the aggrieved Senators who are die-hard anti-Saraki lawmakers, had meetings with the President in secret to scuttle the report.
He said the Senators, who are not happy that Saraki of late appears to be winning acceptance and currying favours from Buhari, talked Buhari into upturning the decision of the Upper House to remove the SGF and reject Magu.
According to him, the Senate is indeed at a crossroad between accepting Buhari’s decision to have Magu and Lawal work with him regardless of whatever corrupt charges levelled against them by the parliament and maintain the new-found love with Saraki or be on a war path with the Senate and its President should the Upper Chamber insist on doing away with Magu and Lawal.