A crack has emerged in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senate Caucus, over the selection of Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe), against Senator Godswill Akpabio (APC, Akwa Ibom), as the replacement for Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Sources revealed that the said two camps have emerged.
It was gathered that Lawan was endorsed as Saraki’s replacement, and Sunny Ogbuoji (APC, Ebonyi), was selected as replacement for Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
The endorsements led to collation of signatures for the impeachment of Saraki and Ekweremadu.
The move followed Saraki’s defection to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, earlier on.
The meeting was held behind closed-doors at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.
A Lawmaker disclosed that the agenda of the meeting, was to look into the crisis between the Federal Lawmakers and State Governors, and that the focus was purely on how to effect Leadership change at the Senate.
The two Senators from the North-West, narrated their ordeals in the hands of their Governors.
One of them traced the genesis of his feud with his Governor, to when he supported Lawan in 2015, at the inauguration of the Senate.
The plights of Senator Babajide Omoworare, Soji Akanbi, and Yahaya Abdullahi, were also raised at the meeting.
“A Senator lamented that the trio were punished by Saraki, because of Lawan.
The source stated that when Lawan became the Senate Leader, he did nothing to address the situation.
“They are in total support of the removal of Saraki and Ekweremadu, but the argument is the issue of Lawan. People are now canvassing for Akpabio, because he sacrificed his seat (Minority Leader), for the APC.
“What we are saying now, is that the two should be allowed to campaign, and Senators should be allowed to select their Leaders. Lawan should not be forced on us”, he said.
Reminded that the party requires 2/3 to change Saraki, he noted: “We are not talking of numbers now. The problem is how to resolve who replaces them at the end of the day.”