According to Femi Adesina, a former aide to ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, Bukola Saraki, the former Senate President, had a plan to take control of the leadership of the National Assembly in 2015.
Adesina stated that Saraki collaborated with Yakubu Dogara, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Ike Ekweremadu, the former Deputy Senate President.
Saraki allegedly worked with members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in order to secure the required support, as a significant number of senators from the All Progressives Congress (APC) were not on his side.
Adesina revealed these details in his book titled “Working with Buhari: Reflections Of A Special Adviser, Media And Publicity (2015 – 2023).”
Adesina wrote: “Unknown to the party leadership, Senator Bukola Saraki, a former Kwara State Governor, and Hon. Yakubu Dogara, from Bauchi State, had plotted to seize the leadership of the National Assembly.
“To get the necessary figures, Saraki was in league with the PDP, his former party, as a significant number of APC senators were not with him.
“We were in the President’s living room at Aso Drive, preparatory to driving to the International Conference Centre (ICC) for the meeting with APC legislators, when we saw on television that the Senate had already been convened, and election was in progress.
“The requisite constitutionally required number had been made up by renegade APC members and the PDP.”
However, Adesina mentioned that Buhari was dissatisfied with Saraki and Dogara’s ascendancy to the leadership positions in the National Assembly.