Revealed: How Saraki Shunned Tinubu Over Request To Scuttle Banire’s Confirmation As AMCON Chairman
Details have emerged on how Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki shunned the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC over his request to scuttle the confirmation of the former legal adviser of the ruling party, Dr Muiz Banire, SAN as the chairman, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON.
A competent source who was privy to what transpired between Saraki and Tinubu told COMPLETE NEWS that the former Lagos State Governor specifically called Saraki on the phone demanding that he should frustrate the confirmation of Banire.
It was gathered that Saraki told Tinubu to bury the thought insisting that he can never scuttle Banire’s appointment. Saraki was said to have frontally accused Tinubu of his indifference and complicity in his(Saraki’s) ordeal in the hands of the APC-led federal government, “Why are you calling me now, where you now in town when the federal government was tagging me a thief and harassing me around town, Saraki told Tinubu.The former Lagos State Governor never supported Saraki as Senate President.
The Senate President told him he could not used him against Banire who had at no point offended him just to settle his own(Tinubu’s) political score.
After Tinubu met a brickwall from Saraki, It was gathered that he ordered Senator Olamilekan Solomon(Lagos West) to prepare a petition which was supported by two other Senators Remi Tinubu and Gbenga Ashafa to stop Banire at the floor of the Senate.
Ashafa, a Senator representing Lagos East was said not be disposed to the idea of opposing Banire sensing it could trigger public outrage against him but was compelled by Tinubu who insisted the assignment must be done.
Meanwhile, COMPLETE NEWS gathered that Banire had been screened and cleared by the concerned Senate committee a day (Monday) before the objection of Lagos Senators.
Another source told this newspaper that Banire appointment is sealed and delivered.” If the Senate had not adjourned Banire who had been announced as the substantive AMCON chairman”, a close ally of Banire confided in this medium.
Following the development , Tinubu and the three senators from Lagos came under intense attacks. Eko foundation, a leading elite group of indigenes of Lagos accused Tinubu of being the mastermind of what it described as a show of shame at the floor of the senate adding that the senators undermined Lagos interest and not Banire.
In the same vein, a human rights group, Human Rights Monitoring Agenda, HURMA wrote a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari alerting the president on the moves by Tinubu and his men to stop Banire as AMCON chairman describing them as ‘ cog s in the wheel of progress’.
The group urged the president and the leadership of the National Assembly to ensure that Banire is confirmed as the AMCON chairman.