Ike Ekweremadu may be next target for removal – Ndume

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The immediate past Senate Majority Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume, yesterday declared that the deputy president of the upper legislative chamber, Ike Ekweremadu, might be its next officer to be removed from office.

Ndume’s remark came just as it emerged that Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu) was being put under immense pressure to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the only way to save his job in the Senate.

While moving the motion to adopt the votes and proceedings of Tuesday, Kabir Marafa (APC, Zamfara) said it was time that the Deputy Senate President crossed the carpet to the ruling party.

Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West) while seconding the motion, stressed the need for Ekweremadu to decamp to the ruling party.

But in a swift reaction, Sonni Ogbuoji (PDP, Ebonyi South) said such a joke was uncalled for and that the Deputy Senate President was not done with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yet.

The Senate had barely commenced plenary session yesterday when Ndume raised Order 43 of its rules to allow him respond to his removal.

He said that the Senate should ensure that all steps taken to remove principal officers were in compliance with due processes, pointing out that if the rules could be breached to get him out of office, same could be applied to oust Ekweremadu.

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