More Surprising Changes Loom In Senate
BY SOLA SADIQ
Strong indications have emerged that the removal of Mohammed Ali Ndume as Senate Leader, may be the beginning of sweeping changes in the leadership of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly in the coming weeks and months.
In a shocking move on Tuesday shortly after its resumption from the yuletide break, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read a letter from the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus effecting the removal of Ndume, who was immediately replaced with Sen. Ahmed Lawan.
Lawan was earlier pencilled for the seat in compensation for his loss of the Senate Presidency to Saraki in June 2015. Saraki had defied the directive of the party to emerge as Senate President and also backing the emergence of Ndume as Senate Leader rather than Lawan, the party’s preferred choice.
The latest development, according to sources, is sequel to recent reconciliatory moves between Saraki and the Presidency on one hand and the national leadership of the APC, on the other.
To further cement the new ‘romance’ and unify the party, sources disclosed that Sen. Bala Na’Allah may also be given the “Ndume treatment”. In his place, Senator Remi Tinubu or George Akume may replace him as Deputy Senate Leader.
It was further gathered that the APC national leadership is exploring the possibility of removing Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President or if that fails, convince him to join the APC.
Asked how feasible this option is, a source in the National Assembly said: “This is politics and you don’t rule anything out. Some PDP senators and even governors are aware of this plan and are likely to support it.”