Senate President Bukola Saraki and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, are leading other party bigwigs in frantic efforts to pacify Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.
It was gathered that as part of the efforts to convince Ekweremadu to remain in PDP, Saraki, Atiku and the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, met with the deputy Senate president at his Abuja residence on Monday night.
Daily Trust reports that the trio of Atiku, Saraki and Secondus alongside other PDP stalwarts appealed to Ekweremadu not to feel alienated by the party which he supported during its most turbulent moments.
“They felt that they’ve taken the man for granted too much. So, they now visited him to iron things out,” a source told Daily Trust.
“But the truth of the matter is that they’ve goofed, that’s why they wanted to right their wrongs,” he added.
It is understood that Ekweremadu’s interest was not the VP slot as insinuated, but what would go to the south-East in terms of projects as well as the issue of restructuring and the opportunity to produce president in 2023.
Meanwhile, there was a mild drama at the Senate yesterday when Ekweremadu did something that appeared to be a campaign for the APC’s “Next Level” while he was presiding plenary.
After the Senate finished the consideration of some bills at the Committee of Whole as was poised to revert to plenary, Ekweremadu said “Those in favour that the Senate do move to the next level say aye, those against say nay.”
The statement elicited visible delight from the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe) as well as other APC senators.
Ekweremadu had recently led some governors from the South East for a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, though the governors later said the visit had nothing to do with 2019.