Indications have emerged that some members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s kitchen cabinet, have initiated moves to lobby Federal Lawmakers, to stay action against any possible gang up to move against President Muhammadu Buhari.
They have reportedly reached out to the 109 Senators and 360 Members of the House of Representatives with financial gifts, as part of efforts to frustrate any possible move against the President, who is still outside the country on medical grounds.
Post-Nigeria, authoritatively gathered from multiple sources, that as part of the moves, the kitchen cabinet members or otherwise known as cabal members, have approved mouth-watering sums for Senators and Reps Members.
As at the time of filing in this report, it was learnt that the money which is discreetly being handled, is still being disbursed to the Members.
Some Members, it was learnt, are suspicious of the cash offer, and have declined to accept it. According to them, it is a setup by the Presidency, which they said will be later used against them.
A ranking Member of the Senate, who hails from the North-East, is said to be ‘midwifing’ the arrangement between the National Assembly and the Presidency.
Some Lawmakers already approached to confirm or deny the claims, have pleaded not to be linked to the exercise, as they said, by linking their names to the deal, their re-election chances in 2019 could be hampered.
However, confirming it, a Director-General, DG, of a Federal Government agency who hails from the South-East and a former Spokesman of an opposition party until the 2015 general elections, said the cash disbursement is true.
The DG who is a passive member of President Buhari’s kitchen cabinet, revealed that he is aware of monies being distributed to Lawmakers, but declined to confirm the particular amount involved.
He refused to give further details, and does not want to be openly linked to the arrangement.
Recall, that the President is currently in the United Kingdom, UK, and is said to be awaiting results of his medical tests. He was billed to return to the country a few days ago, but deferred it to a yet-to-be announced date.
The move by the cabals is seen as a plot to forestall any action reminiscent of the situation that played out some years ago, when on February 9, 2010, the National Assembly passed a resolution making the then Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan, the Acting President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
Both chambers of the National Assembly, passed the resolution after President Umaru Yar’Adua, who for 78 days was in Saudi Arabia receiving medical treatment, refused to formally empower the Vice President, to exercise full powers as Acting President, as provided for in Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution.