How APC governors can remove Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu
Following the visit of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors to President Buhari on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, there have been media reports that plans to remove Ike Ekweremadu as the deputy Senate President is being cooked up by the APC Governors.
Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha had on Sunday, July 24, 2016 said Ekweremadu should be warming up to lose his seat. He made the revelation at a victory party he organised to celebrate the outcome of the July 23, 2016 re-run election for Okigwe zone senatorial seat and the two state constituencies of Oru-East and Oru-West in Imo State.
He said, “The position of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President is at the moment under heavy threat because in no distant time the APC senator in-waiting from Imo State, Benjamine Uwajumogu, will take over the seat on the grounds that it is an aberration that a PDP senator from the South-East is deputy to an APC Senate President because, before now, APC could not produce a senator from the South-East zone.
“Senator Ekweremadu had known that such a development was not only feasible but inevitable and that was why he fully funded the candidate of the PDP in the re-run senatorial poll in Okigwe zone and also relocated to the state three days to the election date.”
Although while addressing news men after the meeting with President Buhari, the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum Rochas Okorocha said the meeting was to express their support to Buhari and to intervene in the crisis in the National Assembly.
However, a source told the Punch that “the governors sympathised with the President (Buhari) for working with a National Assembly that is largely seen as unfriendly.
“Particularly, they observed that in the absence of the President of the Senate, the next person is his deputy. They therefore agreed that it was an anomalous situation for a PDP person to continue as the Deputy President of the Senate.
“They sought and got the President’s permission to intervene in the matter in their own way.
“They argued that the truth of the matter is that rarely is there any Senator that emerged without the backing of their governors, hence the governors have some levels of influence on the federal lawmakers.”
If this is true, the Governors just might instigate the senators to vote Ekweremadu out as the Deputy Senate leader.
Meanwhile, Ekweremadu has said he remains unmovable. He made the statement in a post on the online social network Twitter on July 24, 2016, where he said, “Nobody will remove me, it’s not by power, it’s not by might, but by the special grace of God.”
– Olalekan Olonilua for encomium.ng