The power tussle in the Senate might not have come to an end, following recent comments credited to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senate Unity Forum, Senator Kabir Marafa.
Marafa,in an interview with Punch, called on the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu to decamp to the APC if he wants to keep his seat.
You will recall that Ali Ndume, the former Senate leader, was sacked by members of the Red Chambers recently.
Read an excerpt of the interview with the SUF chieftain below:
Question: Is your next move for Ekweremadu’s seat?
I am telling you that he has the opportunity now. Let him just defect. The beauty of any political party is the people. If you can join us, join us. We want more people. Instead of moving against his seat, let him join us.
Question: What if he refuses to join the APC?
Answer: He will! I am using this medium now to tell him to please join the APC. It is when he says he is not joining (the party) that you can come back to say Ike has refused to join the APC, what are you going to do? I am using this medium now to call on Ike to join APC.
He has the golden opportunity: Senator Ahmed Makarfi and Senator Ali Modu Sheriff have successfully to our delight, caused a division in the PDP. We are always praying that their power tussle will continue. While I pray for Makarfi to have the upper hand, I am also praying for Sheriff to have the power and ability to sustain the fight, so that we (APC) will be taking the senators one by one.
The Constitution says once there is a division (in a political party), senators can defect. Let all well-meaning APC members and even people who are sympathetic to the APC, let Ike (Ekweremadu) — instead of moving against his seat, which I don’t want to do because he was my leader in the 6th and 7th Assembly and now in the 8th Assembly — use this golden opportunity to defect to the APC and the party will become one in the Senate. Then, I can tell you that the Senate will be stable and there won’t be any friction. The little (issue) we can then have may be due to human nature. You never can say that you will gather people and they will not disagree.
Some sources have linked Ali Ndume’s removal to his contrary comments on the rejection of EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu.
Meanwhile, Senator Ali Ndume has has pledged to stick with President Muhammadu Buhari in the event of any political realignment in the country.