Almost 8 hours, after Bukola Saraki defied his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and snatched the Senate presidency from under their noses, the APC which is usually quick to issue press releases remained unusually silent until this evening. Saraki’s emergence was a master-stroke and a re-enactment of the Tambuwal script which has not just left the APC shell shocked but many dreams in tatters and losers bemoaning their lot.
Sabinews.com presents a list of the biggest losers from today’s emergence of Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.
Number 1 is Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Many are suggesting that Tinubu was the major obstacle in the way of Saraki’s ambition. If indeed he was then June 9, 2015 must be a sad day for Tinubu and should mark the moment when he must begin to realize the limits of his powers and influence. No one man can have all the answers and the Jagaban must do well to internalize the words of a character in the American movie, No Way Out who advised that ‘Men have got to know their limitations.’
The second is President Buhari who has been shown as weak and clearly not in control of his party. A president who has not been able to appoint principal officers after two weeks has shown a weak back bone.
Third is Professor Yemi Osinbajo who as Vice President is beginning to see how murky politics can get. Saraki’s alleged arrogant dismissal of Osinbajo’s summons must have rankled and now, by defying the party and becoming Nigeria’s No.3 citizen, the ‘mere commissioner’ will clash for four long years with the former governor and senator. There are interesting times ahead
The most painful loser for me is Femi Gbajabiamila. Suave, experienced and well suited for the job of Speaker of the Lower House, Gbajabiamila’s dream has been trampled on the altar of other people’s greed, ego and power mongering.
It is a sad day.
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