A former Senate Majority Leader, Muhammed Ndume has revealed how the defection of over 13 All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, helped the rest of them come together.
Ndume noted that the defection of some of the APC senators to the PDP had consolidated the ruling party.
Senator Ndume, who represents Borno South in the Senate, told Vanguard that APC still had the majority in the senate.
He also spoke on the alleged plan to impeach the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremmadu, saying there was no such plan.
He said, “The defection of our colleagues made us to consolidate ourselves. Before we were scattered, we had some of us that are following Saraki; those that are following Saraki neck deep have been posted to PDP by Saraki.
“Now, we have senators who Saraki was thinking he had in his pocket, not knowing they were following him maybe for personal reasons or the like, but when he said we are leaving the party, they said no we are APC and we are still standing with our party.
“Now we know that we have a confirmed simple majority that we would be able to do whatever we want to do in that Senate.
“If it is going to be voting, we can write people’s name and even say 52 senators are of APC who are in support of whatever Mr President wants.
“Of course, two senators that are even in APGA are in support, working with the APC and, of course, two seats that are vacant and elections are to be done on August 11, we are very confident that the seats belong to APC by God’s grace.
“So, we would have a comfortable majority.”
Speaking on the alleged failed attempt to remove Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Ndume said “there was nothing like planned coup to remove anybody.”