- Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume said APC still maintain the majority seat in the Senate
- Ndume said there are seven senators on the platform of PDP ready to decamp to APC
Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, representing Borno South on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the ruling party is expecting to welcome seven senators set to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party.
Ndume, who announced this while speaking to Vanguard, said the APC has managed to secure the majority seats in the Senate despite the recent defection from the party.
He said: “The defection of our colleagues made us to consolidate ourselves. Before we were scattered, we had some of us that are following Saraki and those that are following Saraki neck deep have been posted to PDP by Saraki.
“Now, we have senators who Saraki was thinking he had in his pocket, not knowing they were following him maybe for personal reasons or the like, but when he said we are leaving the party, they said no we are APC and we are still standing with our party.
“Now we know that we have a confirmed simple majority that we would be able to do whatever we want to do in that Senate. If it is going to be voting, we can write people’s name and even say 52 senators are of APC who are in support of whatever Mr President wants.
“Of course, two senators that are even in APGA are in support, working with the APC and, of course, two seats that are vacant and elections are to be done on August 11, we are very confident that the seats belong to APC by God’s grace. So, we would have a comfortable majority."
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Ndume also said there was no coup whatsoever to remove Saraki as the Senate president of the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Ndume said the Senate committee which suspended him on March 29, 2017 was a kangaroo one concocted by the leadership of the upper chamber.
According to him, the committee that called for my suspension was not the committee saddled with such responsibility.
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