The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has raised the alarm over an alleged plot to influence a take-over of the leadership of the National Assembly. According to CUPP, the plan will be brought to fruition when the lawmakers reconvene on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Sunday, Ikenga Ugochinyere, spokesman of CUPP, noted that seventy thousand dollars has been earmarked for each senator and forty thousand dollars for each member of the House of Representatives.
He accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government of believing that Tuesday’s reconvening is their best to effect the changes, stressing that their control of the judiciary will be put to use to ensure there is no reversal of justice for the present occupants.
He said the plot will see the criminal announcement of Senator Ahmed Lawan as factional Senate President, Senator Hope Uzodinma as factional Deputy Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio as factional Senate Leader. The Senate is expected to reconvene on Tuesday to discuss the Onnoghen’s suspension by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Peoples Democratic Party likewise alleged that there are moves by “certain agents” to bribe senators of the APC to protect President Muhammadu Buhari from imminent parliamentary sanctions for constitutional breaches in the Onnoghen case.
Spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said President Buhari has consequently summoned a “clandestine meeting on Monday ahead of senate resumption”. The party alleged that the APC senators have been bribed with huge sums of money to disrupt the session when the matter is raised.