Saraki vs. Amaechi: Friends or foes?



The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, have a lot in common. They were two-time governors of their respective states (Kwara and Rivers) and also served as chairmen of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. They were also at the forefront of the revolt within the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which culminated in the party’s loss of influence and former President Goodluck Jonathan’s loss at the March 28, 2015 presidential election.



For a while, it looked like their alliance was made in heaven. But most times, success has a way of putting asunder what adversity had joined together. With speculations that Saraki worked against the emergence of Amaechi as the running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari in the build-up to the 2015 presidential election, their friendship began to wane. The schism turned into chasm with Saraki’s seeming rebellion against the All Progressives Party (APC) power bloc to which Amaechi allegedly belong, in order to emerge President of Nigeria’s Eighth National Assembly.

While the cold war is on, the two remain in charge of powerful blocs within the party. And there is no shortage of ammunition should either of them try to escalate the feud to open warfare. Observers are watching to see if both men will sheath their swords for the sake of party unity.


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