yesterday that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, may have sacked over 100 of
his political aides he appointed soon after he assumed office in 2015.
familiar with the development toldSunday
Sunthat Saraki did not spare any of his political appointees.
of the sources said the sack came as a rude shock to his aides, as none
expected it to happen anytime soon. He said the aides, some of who had no
portfolios, but received monthly salaries from the National Assembly
bureaucracy were unaware of the sack.
sack is, however, expected to take effect in May, 2017, just a month to
Saraki’s second anniversary in office. Saraki was elected in controversial
circumstance as Senate President.
affected include his Chief of Staff, his Advisers on Media, Political Matters,
Inter-Governmental Affairs, Youth Affairs, Chief Press Secretary, among others.
running cost of Saraki’s office and his Deputy’s, Ike Ekweremadu, including
salaries of aides, Sunday Sun gathered, is over N1 billion monthly. It was also
gathered that Saraki decided to overhaul his cabinet to give room to his close
allies and friends to come in.
source, who spoke toSunday Sun,said
over 90 percent of Saraki’s current aides were appointed through referrals,
adding that the Senate president wanted to placate some people who played roles
in his emergence.
of the aides are siblings of serving and former Senators and many neither have
portfolios nor offices in the National Assembly,” the sources said.Sunday Sunfurther learnt that Saraki was also uncomfortable with the
attitude of some of aides, who are either currently facing trial or in running
battles with security agents.
was elected Senate President on the June 9, 2015. His emergence was against the
wish of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ahmed Lawan who was
anointed by the party to be the Senate President was recently named as the new
Leader of the upper legislative chamber.
is currently facing trial over an alleged false declaration of assets when he
held sway as governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.
when contacted, Saraki’s Media Aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he was unaware of
the sack, but disclosed that there was an ongoing staff audit.