Ali Ndume, majority leader of the senate, on Thursday revealed that he started the impeachment move against Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, in the seventh senate. But urged his colleagues that “whispers” about leadership crisis in the eighth senate should be buried.
Citing order 18, which has to do privileges of members, over a publication in a newspaper which said “22 APC are working against President Buhari”, Ndume said he had convinced senators to append their signatures to Ekweremadu’s planned impeachment, but shelved the plan after issues that precipitated the move were resolved.
He, therefore, called on all members of the senate to accept the emergence of the presiding officers as an act of God.
“Everyone of us here is qualified to be the senate president. Bukola Saraki happens to be our senate president, but I still want to be senate president,” Ndume said. “As for the deputy senate president [Ekweremadu], I contested against him on June 9, but God knows he became the deputy senate. It is God that gives power to who he likes.
“Let me say for the records, I was the only person in the seventh senate that attempted to impeach him. I collected signatures in order to impeach him.”
Bukola Saraki, senate president, referred Ndume’s prayer over the breaching of his privileges by the publication in the newspaper to the committee on ethics and privileges. Ndume was favourite of the APC to become deputy senate president, but he lost to Ekweremadu, whose emergence had been anticipated as PDP’s reward for helping to enthrone Bukola Saraki as senate president, against the wish of the APC leadership.