Even as the crisis in the senate continues, elders of the North have said they would not step in and interfere.
The elders, under the auspices of the Northern Elders Forum, said although they regard Senate President Bukola Saraki’s election as constitutional even though it was against the interest of the ruling party, they would not interfere in the matter between President Muhammadu Buhari and Saraki.
Also, speaking on the crisis, a Second Republic lawmaker and Convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Junaid Mohammed, stated that such intervention would be ‘very difficult’ adding that many leaders in the North had lost their credibility to be able to persuade Buhari on the matter.
Muhammed said he would not speak for the North, but as a northerner who knew much about the region and its history and politics.
“No northern leader, including some of the hypocrites who pose themselves as northern leaders when in fact they represent nobody, can make such an undertaking to Bukola Saraki,” he said.
Apart from Saraki emerging the senate president as against the ruling of his party, he had also named other principal officers of the Senate against the list given to him by the APC.
Buhari, who is said to be pissed with Saraki over his anti-party conduct, has turned down several attempts by the senate president and his emissaries to meet with him.
Speaking on the matter, a former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University and Secretary of the Northern Elders Forum, Ango Abdullahi in an interview on Saturday said while the forum was satisfied with the election of Saraki as the Senate President, its members would not be involved in his personal relationship with the President.
“Leaders like I would want the law, wherever it is, to take its cause. I don’t see how northern elders can be involved in what is strictly a legal matter.
“I don’t see how the northern elders can get themselves entangled in the political behaviour of the National Assembly or the relationship between the National Assembly and the President.
“All we are saying is that constitutional provisions that govern this relationship should apply. And we do not get into personal matters. The issue seems to have been personalized and we don’t get involved in personalized matters,” he said.