The struggle to succeed the embattled President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki took an anticipated direction at the weekend as 10 of the ruling All progressives Congress, APC Senators have secretly struck a deal with Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Daily Trust Newspaper reported on Sunday.
According to our Source, the Daily Trust, the 10 APC Senior lawmakers allegedly entered into a secret agreement with Ekweremadu should the current trial of the incumbent, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal consume him. Daily Trust reported that Saraki's resignation or sack is imminent, mush more reason the tribunal is accelerating the prosecution.
The deal to back Ekweremadu was reportedly sealed when the 10 diehard pro-Saraki APC senators held a meeting with their PDP counterparts and discussed their next line of action should the Senate President is forced to step down. At the end of the meeting, they agreed that Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu would be put forward to replace Saraki.
At the meeting, it was concluded that the 10 APC senators pledged to join force with the 50 PDP senators to elect Ekweremadu as replacement if the trial consumes the embattled Senate President
As reported by Daily Trust, the APC senators who signed the deal include two senators from Kwara, one from Kogi, three from Niger, one from Adamawa, one from Sokoto and two senators from Bauchi State. The 10 assured PDP senators that if Saraki is forced out, they will stand by them to elect Ekweremadu “no matter what their party does to persuade them.”
They also promised that they will shun overtures even from President Muhammadu Buhari and team up with their PDP colleagues.
Presently, out of the 109 Senators, the APC has 58, the PDP has 44 PDP with six vacancies. A switch of sides by eight APC senators is enough to turn PDP into a majority in the chamber.
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