Governors & PMB hatch a strategy to control Senators

State governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress had a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday.

What they discussed has finally emerged.

Top on the agenda was a plan to resolve the leadership impasse in the Senate.

Their first move, according to our sources, is the ouster of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

Governor Rochas Okorocha, who is the leader of APC Governors forum, said it was aberration for Ekweremadu to be the deputy senate president.

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“The grounds upon which this will happen is an aberration.

“How can a PDP senator from the South-East be the deputy to an APC Senate President? Okorocha asked.

He said the only reason this happened was “Because, APC could not produce a Senator from the South-East zone.”

Okorocha further added that had added that “In no distant time, the APC senator-in-waiting from Imo State, Benjamin Uwajumogu, will take over the seat.

“The position of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President is at the moment under heavy threat.

The Governors therefore resolved to remove Ike Ekweremadu in their own way; whatever that means.

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Another source privy to the meeting said, “The governors sympathized with the President Buhari for working with a National Assembly that is largely seen as unfriendly.

“Particularly, they observed that in the absence of the President of the Senate, the next person is his deputy.

“They sought and got the President’s permission to intervene in the matter in their own way.

“They argued that the truth of the matter is that rarely is there any Senator that emerged without the backing of their governor.

“Hence the governors have some levels of influence on the federal lawmakers.”

President Buhari also approved the release of N2bn each to all APC states.

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Recall that former President Goodluck Jonathan did so under the auspices of Ecological Fund.

All opposition states were exempted from the largess.

Reacting to a planned trip by Governors to Germany for what they called “vocational training,” Rochas said the trip was not a jamboree.

“There is nothing like jamboree trip.

“We are going to Germany because we cannot do everything here without exchanging ideas.

“Everything you do in your home and your business, you share ideas.

“So, we want to see how they have done what they have done to succeed.

“It is the aspiration of Nigeria to be like other countries of the world,” he said.