Aggrieved senators from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are threatening to impeach Senate President, David Mark for not protecting them in the just concluded party primaries, where about 50 serving senators lost their bid to return to the red chamber following their inability to pick their parties’ tickets.
The alleged plot to unseat Mark came on the heels of the impending plan to commence the impeachment process of President Goodluck Jonathan by some senators, which is expected to be presented before the Senate on resumption this week.
Vanguard learnt that the aggrieved senators, with some PDP senators now joining their ranks, have decided to rather kick-start the removal of the Senate leadership instead.
“The plan has changed. We never expected the party to treat us this way. We stood by the party when there was turbulence occasioned by the emergence of the new PDP,” Vanguard quoted a senator privy to the deal as saying.
“There was a plot then to impeach the same leadership but we stepped in and stopped it with our sheer number. In fact, we used our personal contacts to talk to the organisers and they backed down. We prevailed on them not to rock the boat more so as the Seventh Senate had just a few months to go.
“We thought the party would take note of what we did and also note our loyalty to the party and reward us. Rather, we were not even protected in these primaries. Can you imagine the party leaving us at the mercy of state governors?”
As the impeachment plan gathers pace, the aggrieved senators were said to be considering Senate Minority Leader, George Akume (Benue) or another staunch member of the APC and Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Bukola Saraki (Kwara), who are both from North Central, as Mark’s replacement.
More details are expected to unfold in the coming days as to where the members of the upper house stand and the actions Mark, who had earlier denied there were plans to unseat him, would take to restore peace in the National Assembly.