The plan to control the Legislature by the All Progressives Congress, APC, is still going on ahead of the National Assembly Leadership elections that are just around the corner.
The spokesperson for the APC caucus in the Senate, Sabi Abdullahi, has reiterated that the party will produce the Senate President, no matter scheming, The Punch reports.
He said, “We are engaging our colleagues in the PDP and the majority of them are actually working for us to see that we have a harmonious, rancour-free, non-tumultuous Senate.
They are right by doing so because they are mandated by their people to come and represent them and to take dividend of democracy home not to take victories of fight on the floor home.”
But, indications that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, may spring up a surprise on the day of inauguration, however, manifested on Thursday when an APC senator-elect, Orji Uzor Kalu, said he might be forced to contest against Senator Ahmed Lawan whom the APC endorsed for the post of the Senate President.
He told one of our correspondents on the telephone that the decision of the APC to deny the South-East of producing the Deputy Senate president could force him to challenge Lawan.
He said, “It is not all the senators-elect that are happy with what they (APC leaders) did (by endorsing Lawan).
As it stands now, Ndume and Goje are still insisting that they will contest and if I also contest, that means we have denied our party the right to produce the Senate President.”
When contacted, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said the PDP members would vote as a group on the day of inauguration.
He said, “The PDP leadership had not met yet to decide our position.
We are simply watching the APC as they continue to make a fool of themselves.
We still have enough time to reach a consensus on what to do.
“However, what we have agreed to do in the PDP is that we are going to keep all our votes intact.”
Attempts to speak with the current Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu West) through his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, failed on Thursday as he did not pick calls put across to him neither did he respond to the text message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.
Similarly, Senator James Manager (PDP, Delta State) could not be reached as calls made to his phone indicated that it had been switched off.
However, members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Senate may have dumped their plan to adopt and support any “friendly” member of the All Progressives Congress that is interested in contesting the position of the senate president in the 9th National Assembly.
Investigations by one of our correspondents at the upper legislative chamber on Thursday revealed that the PDP senators, numbering 41 at the moment, were determined to present a candidate that would contest against the candidate of the 65-member APC caucus in the red chamber.
A senator from the South -East geopolitical zone, told one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity on Thursday, that his colleagues were considering taking the advantage of the crack in the APC Senate caucus to present a candidate.
The ranking senator said, “It is glaring that Senator Ali Ndume will contest the Senate president seat on the day of inauguration because he is obviously dissatisfied with the position of the party. “Rather than pacify him, the APC leadership seems not to care about the trauma and emotional pains they have subjected Ndume to by saying that the decision to pick Ahmad Lawan was final.”
The senator hinted the leaders of the PDP might soon come up with a decision to adopt one of their ranking senators that would contest the Senate president position on June 9 that the 9th Senate would be inaugurated.
But another senator from the South-South geopolitical zone told one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity on Thursday that the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu); Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia); and Senator James Manager (Delta) were being considered as the PDP candidate for the Senate president position.
He said, “We already have ranking senators who have shown capacity to lead the Senate. Senator Ekweremadu has been Deputy Senate President on three occasions while Abaribe and Manager have been in the Senate since 2003.”
Nobody knows what may happen next as the game of thrones ontinue in the struggle for the National Assembly Leadership with the Senate President post being the most sought after position. Who will occupy the position at last?
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