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PDP prepares Ekweremadu as Saraki's replacement

18 April 2016, 22:03

Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is preparing Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu as a replacement for Senate President Bukola Saraki if he is removed from his position following his corruption trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Ekweremadu is being considered as a possible replacement for Saraki, based on his experience and the fact that he has been Saraki’s deputy since June 2015.

Ekweremadu has been Deputy Senate President since 2007. 

A senator from the South-east who is a member of the kitchen cabinet of the Senate President, said members of Like Minds group, who are predominantly PDP, were already mooting the idea of Ekweremadu succeeding Saraki.

Also read: PDP promises not to abandon Saraki

He said since it was becoming glaring that Saraki was losing support, both from the party and the Senate, it was time to shop for a senator who will carry everyone along as his possible replacement.

Saraki’s die hard opponents, who belong to the Unity Forum in the Senate, have also  promised to work with Ekweremadu in the event that he emerges as Senate President.

A prominent member of the forum said the group was ready to work with Ekweremadu if he emerges as Senate President. 

He argued that it was safer to have an opposition member as Senate President than Saraki, who he said has repeatedly defied the  All Progressives Congress (APC).

- News 24


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