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|Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by LordVarys: 7:04am On Aug 24, 2015|
Following the nomination of Mr. Babatunde Fowler by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the stage has been set for a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to contend with the leadership of the Senate with whom he has been at loggerheads since its emergence last June.
As required by law, Fowler would have to be confirmed by the Senate before he can head the FIRS. Should his nomination be rejected by the Senate, Buhari would either have submit another name to replace him or allow the current acting chairman Samuel Olugbesan to continue in the capacity.
But with the nomination of Fowler, a well known associate and protégé of Tinubu who served for nine years as the Chairman of the Lagos Board of Inland Revenue (LBIR), the former Lagos State governor would have to come face-to-face with Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu.
There has been no love lost between the Senate President and Tinubu since the former defied the dictates of the ruling party by contesting and clinching the Senate Presidency.
Tinubu had backed Senator Ahmed Lawan for the post but lost out when a meeting was set up at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, between several APC senators and Buhari, to coincide with the inauguration of the Eighth Senate.
Their absence from the Senate chamber on the day of the inauguration paved the way for Saraki and Ekweremadu to win the election unchallenged.
Ever since, the Senate has been polarised between Saraki’s loyalists under the auspices of Senators of Like Minds and Ahmed’s supporters known as the Unity Forum.
Ahead of the submission of Fowler's name for Senate screening, THISDAY learnt that Tinubu has started reaching out to senators, particularly those in the Senators of Like Minds group loyal to Saraki and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
[b]Until Fowler’s nomination, the position was vacant because the last nominee whose name was sent to the Senate by former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Mfon Akpan from Akwa Ibom State following a recruitment exercise, was rejected by the lawmakers.
Concerns that Fowler may suffer the same fate as Akpan has galvanised Tinubu and compelled him to reach out to key senators who are close to Saraki with a view to both resolving the crisis in the Senate in which he is believed to be the sponsor of the Lawan group, and to ensure that the long-drawn out feud in the Senate does not affect other close associates who may be sent to the upper chamber for confirmation for top executive positions.
A source said depending on how Tinubu plays his cards, his overture to the senators could either help to resolve the contending issues between the two groups or deepen the division in the Senate.
But many pro-Saraki senators, particularly the 81 who signed the vote of confidence on the Senate President on July 28 are already spoiling for a fight.[/b]
“This is payback time for Asiwaju for all his machinations against the Senate since he could not get his candidate to become Senate President. This is an opportunity to force Tinubu to the table and mend bridges or break them further,” said a senator close to Saraki.
[b]The pro-Saraki senators are also angling to move against Fowler because they believe Tinubu is scheming to take control of the country’s finances under the Buhari administration without the president realising the game plan.
According to a senator from Bauchi State, the plot by the former governor of Lagos State is to get Fowler into FIRS and also make another of his protégés, Mr. Olawale Edun, who served as his Commissioner for Economic Development, to become the Minister of Finance, thereby seizing control of the economic machinery of the government.
Edun, according to the senator who preferred not to be named, will be presented as the ministerial nominee from Ogun State, a development which has pitted Tinubu against Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Amosun is said to have insisted that Edun has never associated with Ogun State and could not be expected to take the biggest federal appointment due to the state.
Many of the senators close to Saraki are said to be getting ready to ensure they use the rejection of Fowler’s nomination as a clear signal that the crisis in the Senate has not been due to the protection of any party supremacy but the political interest of Tinubu.
Sources also disclosed that one other reason that compelled the former Lagos governor to reach out to Saraki’s loyalists is the Babatunde Fashola issue.
While Tinubu does not want his successor to be nominated as minister, Buhari’s body language indicates that he is still not convinced by the ongoing campaign to denigrate Fashola and project him as one who is not good enough for the administration.
Tinubu’s plan, alleged a source, is to stop Fashola during the Senate confirmation hearing in the event Buhari nominates the immediate past governor of Lagos by getting the three senators from the state – Oluremi Tinubu, Gbenga Ashafa and Olamilekan Adeola – to oppose his candidacy.
“He is however afraid that that plan will only work if the Senate President buys into the plan, as Saraki can overrule the objection of the three senators and get majority of the senators to clear Fashola like they did a few months ago for Musiliu Obanikoro when Senator David Mark was Senate President.
“Tinubu particularly believes that Saraki has a soft spot for Fashola and that the two men are associates. The fact that though the Senate President is abroad, he sent his deputy chief of staff, Gbenga Makanjuola, to attend last week’s book launch in honour of Fashola also lends credence to the fear that no plan to stop Fashola will succeed in the Senate except Saraki and his loyalists buy into it,” a senator from Zamfara said.
“There must be a trade-off as we get to the period of ministerial nominations and confirmation hearings. What we do not like is this idea of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds.
“Those who need us for their own interests, different from the interest of President Buhari are now making it look like we need them. They have continued to create enmity between the Senate and the presidency. Now, they are playing a different game,” a senator from Delta State said.[/b]
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by olaric(m): 7:07am On Aug 24, 2015|
Must we involve politics and sentiments in every appointments and nominations in Nigeria?
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by fashoo2010(m): 7:08am On Aug 24, 2015|
I believe dis is d period Tinubu and Saraki hav to settle their differences a little, if not those perceive to be Tinubu nominee will not be confirmed by Saraki... The earlier they settle, d better for them... Politics in dis dispensation is full of betraying, like cat and rat relationship... Which is not good for our development...which will hinder speedy development...
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by Nobody: 7:11am On Aug 24, 2015|
A lot of people seemingly have grouses with Jagaban
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by Bugatie(m): 7:14am On Aug 24, 2015|
Fowler, the guy name sha
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by oluwadare26(m): 7:30am On Aug 24, 2015|
I'm I the only believing this is a fabricated news. Saraki and his loyalists saying no to this nomination is not only stepping on Tinubu's toes this time around but the President himself. Saraki dare not confirm it!!
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by kulikuli26: 7:31am On Aug 24, 2015|
Saraki begs Tinubu - The Nation
Tinubu reaches out to Saraki - Thisday. Newspaper.
Not difficult to know where both papers stand as far as this issue is concerned.
For me, this is what i've always opined, we really don't need this media war in APC. We might not achieve much in this administration if individual differences cannot be managed within the party to avoid unnecessary media war. They just need to have a trade off and close ranks for the sake of the party and what it promised to Nigerians.
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by Happiness87(f): 7:33am On Aug 24, 2015|
Jangabandit's major hope of getting his investments from presidential elections,
if Fowler contracts his firm Alpha Beta, with FIRS, he will be getting 15% of IGR of this country.
Nigeria which way
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by kosovo(m): 7:34am On Aug 24, 2015|
I thought it was the other way around yesterday..
Saraki allegedly begging Tinubu on his kneels..
Junk Journalism everywhere...
They can't be blamed however.. The evil seed of discourse planted by the APC on the media like the irresponsible Saharareporters to bring down the government of GEJ is beginning to back fire.
The other day, Tinubu was begging the media to help PMB.. You can't build something on propaganda and expect propaganda to sustain it.
Government of propaganda, by propaganda, for propaganda! #OneChance
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by felifeli: 7:36am On Aug 24, 2015|
Yes o. May God deliver us from the snare of the Fowler (and BAT). Amen
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by owobokiri(m): 7:37am On Aug 24, 2015|
This is what this "change" means to certain folks; hyjack the countrys finances and use same to subsidize their owanbe existence. . No serious initatives. No inventive policy plans. No positive spark no fire. Just the same hedonistic "come and chop" mentality. .
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by tucky200(m): 7:43am On Aug 24, 2015|
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by EmagNig(m): 7:43am On Aug 24, 2015|
that's life , but remember this is TINUBolitics he has no good intentions whatsoever...I hate that old shrek
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by otijah(m): 7:44am On Aug 24, 2015|
When I told APC idiots here that tinubu is in serious trouble with the emergence of Saraki as senate presido, they said am leaner. If am Saraki eh I will let Tinubu go down on his knees before I accept hat certificatless Fowl yansh
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by fitzmayowa: 7:44am On Aug 24, 2015|
I thought they said saraki was practically crying on his kneel for tinubu's forgiveness How come tinubu is lobbying the saraki that was said to be begging
APC and propaganda are siamese twins...SMH
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by sammyj: 7:44am On Aug 24, 2015|
If this news is true then PMB should revoke that appointment and replace fowler with somebody more credible! !!
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by Nobody: 7:45am On Aug 24, 2015|
Fowler is a good choice.(allegations of fake honorary phd aside...but let's not go into that pleasee ).
Right now....we don't have enough money in the treasury thanks to those evil Saudis and their game of chicken with American shale oil producers.....and Fowler has on his CV a success rate in raising Lagos' revenue via taxation drastically.
In other words....taxes are going to rise.And we have no choice. Unless someone here has the King of Saudi on speed dial....so that some begging can be done.
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by mystical109(m): 7:45am On Aug 24, 2015|
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by OboloMAN: 7:45am On Aug 24, 2015|
Finally Tinubu Begs
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by bigerboy200: 7:45am On Aug 24, 2015|
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by aidoko1: 7:46am On Aug 24, 2015|
one impossible man for buhari. Lets keep movie-lising and see who buhari will arrest first
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by Nobody: 7:46am On Aug 24, 2015|
Hmmmmmmmm, Omo d name sef (Fowler) why not FOWL?
The guy na Nigerian @ all? I foresee someone taking him to court tomorrow claiming he is NOT a Nigerian man. Trust politicians with their personal interest......
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by kenedy175(m): 7:47am On Aug 24, 2015|
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by godoluwa(m): 7:47am On Aug 24, 2015|
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by iamboody(m): 7:47am On Aug 24, 2015|
Fowler might be recommended by Tinubu, but he is a good candidate, Tinubu might be corrupt but he is always finding the right candidate. Fowler did a good job in lagos, so handling Nigeria won't be too much a heavy task. Baba want to block all those leakages that exist in our taxing system which makes it easy and possible for all the big guns and big companies to evade tax, consequently the road side traders borne it as they don't have the means to evade.
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by 1miccza: 7:47am On Aug 24, 2015|
Honestly it's sickening
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by qualityovenbake(m): 7:47am On Aug 24, 2015|
This is becoming a seasonal movies. Tomorrow news will be "Buhari invites Tinubu and Saraki for peace talk".
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by Nobody: 7:47am On Aug 24, 2015|
SenseiX:he's plotting his own downfall.
I hate saraki, but I can like him for fashola's sake- that's where problem brews for the greedy tinubu.
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|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by warrior01: 7:48am On Aug 24, 2015|
Naija finally going to the dogs
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by maxiuc(m): 7:48am On Aug 24, 2015|
I thought they said saraki ate the humble pie to meet tinubu so what is BAT lobbying for.... APC senators =Aboki senators
|Re: Tinubu Lobbies Saraki, Senators Over Fowler by Realdeals(m): 7:48am On Aug 24, 2015|
Tinubu cannot control Fowler under Buhari administration, if any mago-mago happens, it will be an opportunity for PMB to punish Tinubu by proxy.
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