From NOSIKE OGBUENYI:
A massive showdown is now looming in the Senate as the pro-Jonathan and pro-Yar’Adua Senators fine-tune their strategies as they await the arrival of the list of ministerial nominees from Acting President Goodluck Jonathan at the Upper Chambers.
The pro-Yar’Adua elements in the dissolved Federal Executive Council (FEC), some aides, associates and relations of the sick president in cahoots with their collaborators outside the government, according to Daily Sun
sources, have gone far in their mobilization to confront Jonathan and his supporters. Part of their strategies is the mobilization of seven Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANS) as they prepare to challenge the legality of last week’s dissolution of the cabinet by Jonathan.
The source further revealed that the sum of N500 million had been set aside by the group as the initial sum to use in prosecuting the legal battles as well as inducing senators to block the confirmation of ministerial nominees by the lawmakers. The ministerial list, which is already before the security agencies, is set to be dispatched by the Acting President to the Senate for screening and confirmation any moment from now.
The source hinted that the money is being sourced by the cabal through some major contractors that had been awarded plum contracts by the ministries of Works, FCT, Aviation and Transport in the recent past. The aim of the cabal is to delay if not totally frustrate the efforts to reconstitute the cabinet with the hope that ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua would be fit enough in a matter of days to make a public appearance and put Jonathan’s attempt to change the cabinet in abeyance.
However, while the pro-Yar’Adua group is perfecting its gameplan and making manouvres, supporters of Jonathan within and outside the Senate are not resting in their oars. The supporters met under the aegis of National Interest Group (NIG) in the National Assembly on Sunday night at an undisclosed venue in Abuja to brainstorm on how to tackle the new challenges posed by those they perceived as reactionary elements trying to set the hand of the clock back. Their meeting lasted until the early hours of yesterday.
At the end of the meeting, they fine-tuned their strategies to checkmate the pro-Yar’Adua group. One of their approaches is by ensuring that the ministerial nominees are screened speedily so that those confirmed would be sworn in without delay. A member of the NIG who spoke with Daily Sun yesterday on the condition of anonymity expressed displeasure that some desperate immediate past ministers who were members of the kitchen cabinet, were still “ so crazy for power” as to allow themselves to be used to work against the interest of the Nigerian people and the country. “We are watching them in their macabre dance. We want to see how far they could go in this show of shame. But one thing is certain. We, with the support of the vast majority of Nigerians and our colleagues in the Senate, will meet them and whoever is backing them on the floor of the Senate and surely they will be confronted with defeat and disgrace,” the Senator vowed.
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