From FRED ITUA, Abuja
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has been told in clear terms that he risks losing his coveted seat unless he defects from his party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ekweremadu was elected into that office in 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Daily Sun gathered that APC Senators, predominantly those in the Unity Forum, are making a daring move to wrest power from Ekweremadu.
It was learnt that some APC Senators are already scheming to battle Ekweremadu, if the current efforts to convince the Deputy Senate President to defect to the ruling APC do not materialise.
Giving an insight into the scheming against Ekweremadu, Senator Kabir Marafa, a formidable member of the Unity Forum, told The Daily Sun that if the Deputy Senate President defects to APC, there might be no need to make a move for his seat.
Marafa insisted that Ekweremadu’s continuous stay in office was depriving the APC of what rightly belongs to it.
In the words of Sen. Marafa, “Let me call the Deputy President of the Senate, Ekweremadu to defect to APC. If he defects, it will seal everything and there will not be any problems again. Ekweremadu’s seat is the only one we are contesting. That seat belongs to us in the APC. He came from the PDP to take the seat.
“If he just accepts and defects to APC, everything will be fine. Instead of moving against his seat, let him join us now. Tell him to join APC. When he refuses to join APC, you can then come back here and ask me what to do next. He has the golden opportunity to join us. The constitution says that when there is crisis in a party, anybody can defect. As a person, I do not want to move against Ekweremadu’s seat,” Sen. Marafa said.