Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

By Concise News Correspondents

The All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the Senate has refuted reports that it is planning to remove Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

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New Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan and Whip, Prof. Sola Adeyeye, on Monday denied the allegation.

Lawan, a representative of Yobe North, was last Tuesday picked by the caucus to replace Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC Borno South).

He said his emergence is basically to stabilise the Senate as well as ensure the unity of his party. Lawan equally said he desires to work towards meeting the expectations of Nigerians.

Senate Leader seeks stability, party unity

“My election is a part of the yearning for party supremacy. The significance here is the unity and stability in the Senate, the unity of our party, and of course this will transform into the high level of productivity for our government.

“It will consolidate the unity and togetherness within our party and will consolidate unity of APC Senate Caucus and of course, we will now be operating on the same page.”

On his part, Adeyeye described the aforementioned report to remove Ekweremadu as mere speculation. He noted that such was not new in politics.

Meanwhile, a report in The Guardian says the reported call on the Deputy Senate President to jump ship in order to save his seat may have begun to bear the APC apart in his home state of Enugu.

It is reported that while Ekweremadu’s state chairman, Mr. Ben Nwoye, came out publicly on Monday to distance the party from a statement credited to its Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Kate Offor, that Ekweremadu should remain with the PDP, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, however, backed Offor.

We don’t need you in APC – Offor

Offor, had in a statement on Sunday in Enugu, urged Ekweremadu to remain in his party to “help clear the mess he contributed in creating there,” The Guardian reported.

However, Nwoye informed journalists that the APC was opened to all genuine democrats and progressives in the Southeast.

He added that its three-week registration exercise in the zone was “open to all and sundry, including Ekweremadu without any tariff.”