The Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu has disclosed that a number of senators elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are making enquiries on how to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on account of what he called the reign of tyranny in the ruling party.
Ekweremadu stated this on Wednesday when a delegation of the PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, led by its Chairman, Senator Walid Jibril, paid a solidarity visit to the party’s Senate Caucus at the National Assembly Complex.
His words, “Today, I believe and I am speaking the minds of my colleagues, that so many members of the National Assembly from the other parties are prepared to return to the PDP because they have seen that they made a mistake in the last election by voting APC and they are also seeing that PDP remains the biggest, greatest and the most focused party in Nigeria.”
The Deputy President of the Senate expressed gratitude to the BoT members for its show of solidarity and support to the opposition party lawmakers, which he said showed that it was not only the conscience of the PDP, but that of the country as well.
Speaking earlier, the BoT Chairman, Jibril, averred that the alleged forgery of Senate Rules as a frame-up, stressing that it was a deliberate plot to tarnish the person of Ekweremadu.
He added that as fathers and conscience of the party, the BoT could not sit and watch the framing-up of Ekweremadu on trumped-up charges of forgery, apparently for political reasons.
According to him, “We are here to show solidarity and recognise the leadership of Senator Ekweremadu, especially when we hear stories of what is happening to him. We are here to give our total support to him over the recent framing of him in an alleged forgery case, because we cannot, as fathers and conscience of the party, sit down and just watch.
“Senator Ekweremadu is a man of integrity with a high record of performance. We want to advise strongly that nobody should try to tarnish his personality and we are strongly calling for fair hearing and justice in the attempt to rope-in Senator Ekweremadu for political reasons.
“He was elected Deputy President of Senate by 48 PDP senators with the support of APC Senators, which is a good ingredient of our democracy. No attempt should be made to rope him in. He should be left alone to continue the good service to the country.”