Contrary to rumours that Dr Bukola Saraki planned the blockade of the National Assembly, more facts have emerged on the role played by the sacked Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Lawal Daura, in the inglorious coup attempt on Nigerian democratic process.
According to inside sources, though the botched attempt to forcefully effect leadership change in the National Assembly was a grand plan hatched and executed by Mr Daura, it was not without the input and support of some powerful interests in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The source said that the spate of accusation and counter-accusation over the issue was a decoy to deceive Nigerians from seeing the real fact of the matter.
Also corroborating the reports from our source, a Nigerian Newspaper, the Tribune states in its own reports that after the failure of the rumoured initial attempt to get the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki impeached on July 24, which led to the defection of some senators, individuals who felt that Saraki’s continued leadership of the Senate was an affront on the APC leadership and government had impressed it on the DSS boss that the embattled Senate president must be pushed out of office.
“The event of Tuesday did not begin that day,” a source told Sunday Tribune. “It was all part of the previous plan to force the Senate president and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, out of office, since it is now certain that they won’t resign on their own.”
It was learnt that Daura had mounted pressure on the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani Omolori, asking him to make himself available for the swearing in of a new leadership of the National Assembly on August 7.
A source close to Omolori however, said that the Clerk to the National Assembly never met Daura.
Revealing further, how the plan was leaked: Tribune informed that the plan of the DSS boss would have succeeded but for the Freudian slip made by Senator Ahmed Lawan after the meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari which, it was learnt, alerted some members of the opposition party.
Senator Lawan had in a televised interview stated that they had asked all their members to be present at the National Assembly on Tuesday. That statement, a source in the opposition, told Sunday Tribune, was the danger signal that alerted some of them.
“The meeting that was called for Tuesday was not for all members but NASS leadership. So when Senator Lawan made that statement, we immediately knew something big was going to happen,” the source stated.
“Though we alerted some of our members it was providence that saved the day. A member of the Senate President media team had arrived at the complex before the DSS took over. The reports and videos of the event as it unfolded then that were sent were our saving grace.
“They were what alerted other members who quickly massed at the entrance. Of course, there was also the heroic display of Honourable (Boma) Goodhead which forced the hands of the operatives.
Contrary to the lies and rumours being spread, none had an idea of what was going to happen. The Senate president was just lucky. He would have been impeached,” the source explained.
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