The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Senator Peter Nwaboshi, (PDP, Delta South) has threatened that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will take over the Senate Presidency from the All Progressives Congress (APC) if Senator Bukola Saraki (APC, Kwara central) is removed.
There have been reports of the moves of the PDP caucus to take over the number three seat of the country, following the case of Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
In an interview yesterday, he said his party would produce the next Senate President if Saraki was forced out of the seat.
Nwaboshi, who described Saraki’s trial at the CCT as a blackmail, said they were ready to replicate the current system in the United States of America, where the Republican Party is in charge of the parliament, while the Democrats are in control of the executive.
“I was the first to address the press in Port Harcourt and I told them that Saraki was going to win the Senate Presidency and I gave them my reasons. Eventually, we went there, he won. If, but God forbids, because we don’t see it coming, by chance Saraki is removed; I can tell you that the PDP will produce the next Senate President.
“We only need three and we have it. The calculation is very clear to me. The calculation is very clear for the PDP. We know what it will take us. When I told them that Saraki was going to win, I did a lot of mathematical calculations based on the facts on the ground and it is even clearer to me now that the PDP will win it. We will win it.
“If anybody is thinking that a PDP man is going to vote against a PDP candidate, he is telling you a lie. We have people and we know how to get the people from the APC. We will win and that will be very interesting. I can tell you with what’s on the ground that we will produce the next Senate President,” he said.
Saraki had emerged the Senate President, following his alliance with the PDP Senators in June last year when the Senate was inaugurated.
At the moment, the APC has 58, PDP 44 and LP has a Senator in the person of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of Delta Central. The reruns for six Senatorial Districts are being conducted.
The APC senators have commenced a truce talk being spearheaded by the former governor of Sokoto state, Senator Aliyu Wamakko (APC, Sokoto North).