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17 Aug 2018

REVEALED: How Dismissed DSS Boss, Daura Planned To Change NASS Leadership

More facts have emerged on the role played by the sacked Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Lawal Daura, on the botched attempt to forcefully effect leadership change in the National Assembly and how the plan was hatched.

According to Nigerian Tribune, there were more to the report being bandied around, especially over the series of denial that trailed the DSS operation, than meets the eye.

Though the plan was said to have been hatched and executed by Mr Daura, it was not without the input and support of some powerful interests in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Newspaper reports that after the failure of the rumoured initial attempt to get the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki impeached on July 24, which led to the defection of some senators, individuals who felt that Saraki’s continued leadership of the Senate was an affront on the APC leadership and government had impressed it on the DSS boss that the embattled Senate president must be pushed out of office.

“The event of Tuesday did not begin that day,” a source told Sunday Tribune. “It was all part of the previous plan to force the Senate president and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, out of office, since it is now certain that they won’t resign on their own.”

It was learnt that Daura had mounted pressure on the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani Omolori, asking him to make himself available for the swearing in of a new leadership of the National Assembly on August 7.

A source close to Omolori however, said that the Clerk to the National Assembly never met Daura.

How the plan was leaked

According to Tribune, the plan of the DSS boss would have succeeded but for the Freudian slip made by Senator Ahmed Lawan after the meeting with President MuhammaduBuhari which, it was learnt, alerted some members of the opposition party.

Senator Lawan had in a televised interview stated that they had asked all their members to be present at the National Assembly on Tuesday. That statement, a source in the opposition, told Sunday Tribune, was the danger signal that alerted some of them.

“The meeting that was called for Tuesday was not for all members but NASS leadership. So when Senator Lawan made that statement, we immediately knew something big was going to happen,” the source stated.

“Though we alerted some of our members it was providence that saved the day. A member of the Senate president media team had arrived at the complex before the DSS took over. The reports and videos of the event as it unfolded then that were sent were our saving grace.

“They were what alerted other members who quickly massed at the entrance. Of course, there was also the heroic display of Honourable [Boma] Goodhead which forced the hands of the operatives.

Contrary to the lies and rumours being spread, none had an idea of what was going to happen. The Senate president was just lucky. He would have been impeached,” the source explained.
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