Saraki Pacifies Opponents, Reshuffles Senate Committees
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has reshuffled the leaderships of the Senate’s committees.
Reports say this is in fulfillment of one of the conditions put forward by the Unity Forum Senators for peace to reign in the red chamber.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, caucus in the upper house of the National Assembly had been split in two – the Unity Forum and the Like minds – following the crisis that accompanied the election of the Senate’s principal officers in June last year. It is believed that Saraki belongs to the ‘Like minds’ faction.
Kabiru Marafa, perhaps Saraki’s most outspoken critic, will now oversee the Petroleum downstream Committee. A ‘juicy’ committee, analysts say, considering he was chairman of the committee on National population.
Oluremi Tinubu, another key anti-Saraki senator was named chairperson of the Committee on Environment. She was the Chairperson of the Committee on women affairs.
Also Suleiman Hukunyi, another Unity forum senator will now head the Committee on National Identity.
Eyinnaya Abaribe and Adamu Aliero were made heads of the committees on power and aviation respectively. Also, Senator Baba Karumai will now head the committee on rules and business.
The re-composition of the Senate committees is seen as a ploy to calm frayed nerves following allegations by majority of the APC senators that Saraki was tilting more towards the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Saraki made the announcement shortly before the senate adjourned on Thursday, as the National Assembly begins another one month recess.