Game Over for APC: Check Out PDP Candidates Likely to Take Over as Senate President

The tussle for top posts in the National Assembly has taken another dimension as the main opposition party has started making serious plans to repeat what happened in 2015 during the in-house electionThe main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is making serious plots to form alliance with some members of the ruling All progressives Congress, APC to ensure that it wins some top positions in the National Assembly.

Some APC senators-elect, who spoke in confidence, confirmed that the outgoing Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu West) has been reaching out to them “preaching peace, unity and the need to uphold the principle of separation of powers.”

It was reported that the PDP is plotting a joint ticket between Ekweremadu and Senator Danjuma Goje, an APC aspirant for the post of the Senate PresidentAlthough, Goje has not formally declared his intention, but plans were said to be on for him to do so even as moves have intensified to get the backing of more Senators-Elect on his side.

According to The Nation, a reliable source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The intrigues for the Office of the President of the Senate have heightened with the PDP seeking to retain its present stake in the upper chamber“Already, the party is plotting a joint ticket by Goje and Ekweremadu or Ndume/Adamu-Ekweremadu allianceWe initiallyunderrated the plot until Ekweremadu started meeting with APC Senators-Elect under the guise of fighting for the upholding of the principle of separation of powers. “The opposition wants a repeat of 2015 power game in the Senate and it is determined to divide the APC.

“The reality is that PDP is desirous of a weighty slot in the Senate to be able to checkmate President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling APC. At the heart of it all also is the calculation for 2023. The opposition does not want to give APC a breathing space before the next elections.

“Also, the PDP seeks to accommodate the South-East in the National Assembly hierarchy since APC might not give the geopolitical zone a significant appointment.” Asked of the status of talks, another top source added: “Most PDP leaders prefer Goje-Ekweremadu ticketThose loyal to Senate President Bukola Saraki do not really support Ndume and Adamu because of fear of vengeance if they emerge the Senate President.

“Adamu only escaped suspension by a whisker because of his old age and long standing relationship with the late kingmaker of Kwara politics, Dr. Olusola Saraki. “The Goje-Ekweremadu option appears more realistic than others. But Ndume and Adamu, who are still bitter with Buhari for not appreciating their loyalty, may play a spoiler’s game.” Upon enquiries, a PDP senator-elect simply said: “We had a caucus meeting last week and we resolved that all our senators-elect should stay together to study the situation until the time for the election of principal officers.

However, the APC is not idle at all. The party is also making serious plans and moves to ensure victory for its candidates. Also, the Ahmed Lawan camp which got wind of the latest plot, was improving on its lobbying of PDP senators-electA loyalist of Lawan said: “We are working round the clock to ensure that our candidate wins the leadership election in June. We have also gained more support from PDP camp too. “We are working hard to secure a comfortable figure for Lawan to emerge as Senate President. So far, there is no cause for alarm.”

The stage is getting hotter and set for a serious contest in June when the election will hold.
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