Front line Human Rights Lawyer and Senator representing Kaduna-Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani has cautioned the All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmakers against pushing forward plans to remove Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu as deputy Senate President.
He warned that any attempt to execute the sinister plot will deepen the leadership crisis rocking the upper chamber of the National Assemble and impede the operations of the executive arm of government. “We have to tell ourselves the truth. We are in a difficult situation. The fact that we have a deputy senate president from the PDP is a better alternative to the election of a senate president from the PDP because we could have had that on June 9.”
Sani, who was elected on the platform of the APC said although he didn’t vote for Ekweremadu, the plan to remove him was not the solution to the crisis rocking the National Assembly. “If we remove Ekweremadu and replace him with an APC senator, the PDP in the senate would be a potent opposition that would continue to oppose anything that the executive arm presents. Now that the APC senators are not united, and when you have a PDP as a force to confront, that would be an additional problem. Now, Ekweremadu is the subject matter. Ekweremadu is being seen as representing a power equation in the sharing of power in the country. Therefore, removing Ekweremadu will create more problems than the solutions which we are saying it would create,” he said.
As the 8th Senate resumes on July 28, Sani advised his colleagues to focus on providing good governance to Nigerians instead of resorting to divisive tendencies.
By Olisemeka Obeche