There are indications that the purported defection of the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the ruling All Progressive Congress APC, may materialized next week.
Ekweremadu is said to have perfected plans to move to APC, in a shock move following the several court cases hanging on his head rather than the choice of Alhaji Abubakar’s running mate as the PDP’s Presidential candidate in the 2019, presidential election.
Irked by the choice of Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State as Atiku’s choice, Ekweremadu was said to have developed hatred for his party and allegedly plotting to dump the PDP for the ruling APC. But a competent source claimed that it’s because of the recent court order against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
Recall that Deputy Senate President, attempt to be Vice President to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar hit rock following fresh charges brought against him by the Federal Government.
The Deputy Senate President and Senator Bassey Akpan, who represents Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District in Akwa Ibom State, were charged with offences bordering on their alleged refusal and negligence to declare their assets to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property.
The Okoi Obono-Obla-led SPIPRPP had, on behalf of the Federal Government, filed the two separate criminal suits containing two counts each against the senators.
It filed the criminal suit marked FHC/ABJ/CR/62/2018 against Ekweremadu on May 11, 2018, while it instituted the one marked FHC/ABJ/CR/88/2018 against Akpan on June 13, 2018
Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja, where two separate sets of charges were brought against the senators, ordered that the charges and other accompanying papers be served on the two of them through the Clerk of the National Assembly.
The judge, after granting the orders for service through substituted means, fixed October 22 for the next hearing date in respect of Ekweremadu’s case and November 19 for Akpan’s. it was gathered that based on this charges, Ekweremadu reportedly involved in high-level negotiations with top members of the APC since he felt that he had been dumped by the PDP.
It was gathered that Ekweremadu is aggrieved about the way he has been treated by his party since Bukola Saraki defected to the PDP.
The deputy Senate president has allegedly been meeting with top members of the APC to ensure smooth defection to the party.
Our source claimed that the latest court charged against him by the federal government over non-declaration of his asset by the Code of Conduct Bureau are the reasons while he wants to move to APC, for soft landing rather than non-picking his as Atiku’s running mate.
Those luring him to APC are claiming that he was dumped after holding forth for the party during the crisis days of the party but now ditched out.