Abuja (Sundiata Post) – In what appeared to many as a joke, the All Progressives Congress (APC) senators, on Wednesday, made an open overture to the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, to cross over to their party.
While moving the motion to adopt the votes and proceedings, Senator Kabir Marafa (APC Zamfara Central) said that it was high time that the Deputy Senate President crossed the carpet to the ruling party.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West), while seconding the motion, stressed the need for Ekweremadu to decamp to the APC.
In a swift reaction, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji (PDP, Ebonyi South) said that such a joke was uncalled for, and that the Deputy Senate President was not done with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yet.
While ruling on the motion, Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, put the question that the votes and proceedings for the previous legislative day be adopted, while the second clause, which was related to the overture from the APC “be duly removed”.
The entire Senate voted in affirmative to the views of Nigerians, who watched the live broadcast on National television.
It would be recalled that Ekweremadu was elected under the umbrella of the PDP in 2015, to represent the people of Enugu West, and he later emerged the Deputy Senate President of the 8th Assembly in an overwhelming election.
Ekweremadu was also the Deputy Senate President in the 6th and 7th Senate under the leadership of Senator David Mark.