After a two-hour meeting the APC governors had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, it was revealed that the APC governors have resolved to do all within their powers to ensure that Senator Ike Ekweremadu is removed as the Deputy President of the Senate.
According to Punch, a source at the meeting said that the consensus at the meeting was that it was an aberration for Ekweremadu, who is a Senator from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, to continue in office as Deputy President of the Senate.
The source said:
“The governors sympathised 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 therefore agreed that it was an anomalous situation for a PDP person to continue as the Deputy President of the Senate.
“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 governors, hence the governors have some levels of influence on the federal lawmakers.”
Governor of the Imo state Rochas Okorocha, had, on Monday, 25 July, said Ekweremadu should get ready to vacate his seat as the Deputy Senate President.
Then at the end of the meeting between president Buhari and the APC governors, Okorocha addressed State House reporters saying that the governors had decided to interfere in the crisis in the National Assembly, without giving details of their interference.
This is almost boiling down to the claim by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra that President Buhari wants Senator Ekweremadu removed because he is an Igbo man.